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Lunch with Lynn/Under 20 Eats: Le Grand Colbert

On the spur of the moment last Wednesday, I treated myself to lunch at Le Grand Colbert. I read they had a 19€ formule and decided while I was at the Palais Royal to go check it out.

Le Grand Colbert gained notoriety in 2003 when a key scene in the film Something’s Gotta Give with Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves was shot there. Ever since then the restaurant has been a hotspot for its romantic atmosphere. The dressed up brasserie is the typical sort in Paris with high ceilings, mosaic tiled floors, a long bar and bentwood chairs, but what makes it softer and more romantic I believe is the soothing pink lighting, making everyone look more appealing.

I arrived about 12:45 and it was fairly crowded. I was seated on a banquette by the window, an ideal spot to people watch as the customers entered. Surprisingly, most of the diners were French, since I expected more tourists due to the film.

The formule is straightforward: le plat and dessert du jour plus a cup of coffee for 19€. Le plat de jour was sliced duck breast with a hearty serving of roasted potatoes and onion. The duck was rare and chewy with a flavorful sauce, and the potatoes were mostly crispy but some were soggy in a good way, as they had soaked up the juice of the caramelized onions. A rich but not heavy chocolate mousse tart with caramelized hazelnuts for dessert was velvety and smooth on the palate and I wish I would have ordered a glass of red to compliment it. A well prepared French meal, just plain and simple.

In between courses I perused the menu with its typical brasserie offerings: oysters, onion soup, foie gras, blanquette de veau, raw seafood platters on ice with lobster, shrimp, crab and oysters, onion soup and frogs legs, but there was also a vegan menu.

The service was from yesteryear, stiff and no-nonsense, with the wait staff in all black.

What I liked best about Le Grand Colbert was an authentic Paris experience in a time-honored brasserie, with good, honest food and atmosphere unequaled anywhere else.

Le Grand Colbert
2 rue Vivienne, 75002
Metro: Palais Royal/Musee du Louvre
Open seven days for lunch and dinner
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