What’s the secret behind a long waiting line, half an hour to eat a piece of meat and a load of fries marinated in the signature sauce that made this place famous... what’s the secret that makes us still eat in line despite the tremendous competition that has closely managed to reproduce that sauce? With a temperature of around 10 degrees, at twenty-two hours, we waited outside in the cold to have a table. Much more than a simple dinner, it's an experience.
It’s the red logo to follow, spotted in the major cities of the world, L’Entrecote for some “RE” written on the door, a French brasserie serving the same exact quality for as long as the concept was created.
Glass windows decorated with white curtains, yellow lanterns lighting the poles, a bar where coffee and wine is served, and tables all covered with a white tablecloth. Everyone eats the same thing at L’Entrecote, so the waitress wearing black and a white apron, writes your preferred meat cooking on the table. Half an hour passed with that line getting even more significant by the hour.
Last time I visited L’Entrecote was probably five years ago, happy to come back for that richly buttery sauce, the crunchy L’Entrecote was perhaps five years ago, glad to go back for that richly buttery sauce, the crunchy small-sized fries and tender meat accompanied by red wine.
“Table for four, the waitress shouted!” We passed a long line and went straight in! Water landed on the table, meat cooking taken, salads and bread. Everything is quick around here to accommodate more people.
A delicious salad made of fresh lettuce, walnuts, and Dijon mustard sauce. I loved the sauce, so strong it tickles your nostrils. The bread on another hand is unpleasantly chewy for a restaurant in Paris, capital of unique baguettes. With that, I had the House wine, a cheap quality but food with the ambiance and food this fast French food restaurant serves.
The food is really good justifying the long queues. Tender meat, a superb sauce, and crispy small-sized fries. No presentation, no finesse, nothing you shall expect from a restaurant... but the experience is enjoyable! Two big portions, balanced flavors, excellent fries... loved the food! There was a strong taste of onions following me while enjoying the sauce, a detail I found to be disturbing. You have to know: food is hefty! Fried potatoes and butter sauce combined, you’ll feel your meal all night long.
The Vacherin dessert is the best thing this restaurant proposes. A long cylinder of meringue, dark chocolate sauce, and chestnut ice cream. This dessert’s texture and balanced taste are memorable. The profiterole on another hand is a bit chewier than expected.
It’s an enjoyable experience I’ll repeat once every other time I visit the French capital. Expect to pay 35€ per person. Now is time to try what the Beirut branch has to offer.