Lumpia (€15) on the menu? In Paris? Hell yea if the chef's wife is Indonesian! A half dozen crispy, well-fried lumpia (filled with bamboo shoots) sat on a bed of mixed greens. The ginger-soy dipping sauce was sweet & sour & had some subtle heat. Loved this dish!
Bf enjoyed his beef carpaccio (€13,30)--topped with olive oil, pepper & arugula.
Located across from the Luxembourg Gardens, this area gets some heavy foot traffic so Le Rostand is always busy...except at 11:30 at night (when we went)...then it's just a few groups on the patio smoking, engaged in deep conversation, nursing their pricey beverages, wearing fancy fedoras...it's like a movie...only better because it's real life.
I enjoyed a really relaxing lunch here after a long day of walking and smelling the parfume du jardin. Friends, sights, wine, tea, and Paris. What more could i ask for?
They had a nice mix of French dishes although the decor seemed sorta Spanish in theme. Beautiful restaurant! Elegant yet casual and inviting. Our waiter was nice although he dropped our expensive camera. Ouch! that hurts! LOL
I had the French onion soup and espresso. very enjoyable.
Le Rostand is expensive. I regret not having actually tried anything expensive.
I think I chose the second cheapest thing on the menu, which was the creme fraiche. It was THICK. I'll refrain from saying decadent since my idea of decadent doesn't entail discomfort, but if you're a fan of eating nothing but dairy for your first full meal since sauerkraut (if I can find that place I will review it for sure)... I guess you'd like this. I, however, had a hard time eating it, and eventually ordered roast potatoes (cheapest thing on the menu? or was it third cheapest?) to combat the cheese.
My mother had rice with grated parsley on top. Unless you're a fan of eating nothing but rice for your first full meal since fake Asian food (my mother is one) you'd love plain rice with grated parsley on top.
I give this place an OK because the menu was bilingual at least, and the waitress was pretty sincere though definitely a bit noob and confused. And I got this great view of the Jardin du Luxembourg's vine-fested gates. I guess I was a content camper.
If you go there, avoid being simply cheap. Splurge and ask the waitress to get you whatever the cool Parisians at the adjacent table are savoring. Because chances are, those smoking, laughing, drinking natives know what's good about this place, and you--definitely a bit noob and confused--do not.
After a walk through the Luxembourg Gardens and surrounding neighborhoods, I wanted to stop by a cafe to rest my feet. Passed by Le Rostand, which was bustling with people, so I decided to pop in and to enjoy a few moments in the outdoor patio. I ordered one "cafe," which in Paris always translates to an espresso if you don't specify any further (e.g. cafe creme, cafe au lait, cafe leger, etc) and sat people-watching and reading my book.
The espresso was nothing spectacular. Honestly, it reminded me of cheap continental breakfast coffee from motels... but the ambiance was very pleasant so I will be forgiving for the weak coffee.
Lackluster food, but a great location and friendly staff. We dropped in on our way out for the day and shared a croissant, crepe and ham/egg breakfast plate. The food wasn't anything out of this world, but the people watching location was great, looking right at the Luxembourg gardens and runners breezing by in the early am hours.
A great café setting in a fantastic location opposite the Jardin du Luxembourg. Menu selections are limited and relatively pricey, but all the essentials are there and most are very tasty. My girlfriend and I will go there just for their excellent omelette aux cèpes. Le Rostand is the perfect spot to reinvigorate and watch the world go by.
Food was terrible (barely edible) and over-priced. Don't be fooled by the initially appealing decor and ambiance. You can do much better a couple blocks away.
A really nice place with a huge terrace looking at the Luxembourg garden. It's a great place all year round in winter time you can enjoy their open fire place (weekends only) and in summer well, something to drink before, and/or after a walk in the park is just great.
It's nice for lunch (they don't do executive lunch, though so it's rather pricy ) but their lamb chops are really delicious. For the afternoon I'd recommend their tiramisu. One of the best in town (and lots of it). In the evening it's rather calm and not too crowded quite exceptional for Paris. A nice place to have dinner without being stuck between some other people
Down points it can be very crowded in the afternoon, especially in winter So service is a bit slow. Being in a rush is certainly not a good background for a visit here. their restroom is quite awful very 19th century :-(( concerning te prices I read many complaints on here but honestly, I don't think it's overpriced at all. Many other places at less nice spots (don't forget Luxembourg is a posh neighbourhood and also a touristic place) are more expensive without serving quality food. So I think, prices are ok, this is Paris, after all.
It's a nice traditional bistro/café I can totally recommend. All my friend I brought here from around the world liked it
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