Recently on a trip to Paris my friend and I were dining all over the city and taking in the warm views of centuries old culture. Being a wonderful city to venture around, we ate at a different restaurant nightly, as any good tourist would. Now my girlfriend is a bit squeamish when it comes to some kinds of food and even more so when it comes to specific kinds of living creatures. She's not a snob, or specist toward undomesticated animals but that doesn't mean she won't scream when presented with a rodenta animalia of the fuzzy grey variety. This of course was part of my male belief system, such as it is.
It's been a wonderful vacation so far and I didn't want to have it ruined for her but the quick sprint between tables by the runner in grey was undeniable. Because her back was to the dinner guest I had the advantage of not notifying her of the intruder. Keeping calm I forced my eyes back into my head and smiled when she asked, "Did hear what said"? Other diners were oblivious to the dinner guest which was amazing because it was actually running over their shoes! I wanted to watch this with helpless fascination but could not let on lest my friend freak. Trapped between "Tell her?" and "Don't do it!" I struggled with paying even closer attention to her conversational offerings than normal.
After 25 minutes of multitasking I was starting to show signs of great mental disturbance which was beginning to alarm my girlfriend with thoughts that I had not liked the food.
"No, the wine was very fine, and so too is the lamb." Unconvinced she wanted to know what was going on. She demanded that I come clean on what was going on. I was sure this would be a great upset for her to know there was a mouse with little whiskers and claws possibly running over our cheese plate prior to its arrival to our table, but I was stuck. I will not ruin dinner, I thought.
"Look, I'm just thinking that we've had a wonderful trip to Paris."
"And, you have something to ask me, " she questions with a slightly hopeful tone.
"Well," I demurred. "Sure, it's been really cool. Don't you think?"
"That's all? Look, Brian, I can tell you're not telling me everything. Are you seeing someone else!"
I almost choked to death on olive pit and ended up spitting it across the floor where the little grey stranger took it and hustled under the table of the couple sitting a few feet away. It turned and gave a curious look at me while working it's whiskers in a wry kind of smile if one could call it that. I smiled and almost laughed out loud. Then with horror I realized I had just visibly smiled at my girlfriends assertion that I was seeing someone else!
"Yes, wait, no! Of course, not. I mean what would make you think that?"
But the damage was already done. I could see on her face the collapse of the warmth we had had only a few moments ago turn to icy despondence.
"Sweetie," I cooed, "I could never do anything like that. I'm just. You know. Umm."
"You better tell me what's going on," she said. "Now!' I was stuck there wondering how this had happened. The eyes of the wicked monster stared mockingly at me and my sweet's eyes glared impatiently, and I felt helpless. Just then a woman in the table nearby had spied the mouse as he made a dash for sliver of fallen cheese.
"Oooh," she cried. Not so very loud as a wine cork leaving a bottle for the fist time, but audible enough that it brought attention to her from around the room. Suddenly several diners were watching the floor with interest.
"Look," I said! "A mouse!" And turning her head she laughed at the site of what was honestly a cute looking little grey beast. Turning back to me she seemed to understand something and pulled in close toward me to say,
"Did you know that was there?"
"I really didn't want to say anything about it, but you know. . . "
We ended our meal and had a good walk back to the metro station talking about all the things we saw.
So, if there is a mouse on your trip to Le Zimmer, it just means that the food is really good. Might I even suggest giving up an olive just to be polite.
Met up at the Zimmer before our theater engagement next door at Theater Chatelet.
Le Zimmer was the perfect place to meet and they served us very quickly -we had two beers, two wines, and a hamburger with fries just under an hour. That is a record for Paris!
The waiters were charming and adorable and have a bit of attitude but it's perfect for this part of Paris. The food was good, the drinks were cold, the service was fast- it was a little expensive -it was a little touristy (after all this is central Paris), but it was great for a meet up spot in this area of town.
This restaurant is very touristy, though it has an interesting atmosphere and nice terasse.
I cannot recommend this spot because of my negative experience there. I have a gluten allergy and the 2 dishes I picked out to question were not options due to the sauces. Finally I settled on steak and fries, which were substitutes since the steak really was accompanied with scalloped potatoes and the sauce had gluten. I thought I was in the clear and everyone was very aware of my allergy. When my dish arrived, I dipped my fries into the side of "mayo", which is pretty typical for Paris. Only it wasn't mayonnaise, it was Bernaise - and full of flour. I ended up so sick. I was furious, because we discussed so many dishes and the staff completely understood the limitations. I will never return.
This was definitely one of the best meals we've had in Paris so far. The duck confit was exceptional. The preparation on the cod was unlike anything you'd find in the US and it was delicious. The Dahl starter was superb. The molten chocolate cake (moellaux au chocolat) was to die for.
Cafe Le Zimmer is right outside the Chatelet metro station and is a great spot to stop for coffee or lunch before sightseeing. I ordered the chicken which was amazing and my girlfriend ordered tuna which she loved. We got a giant creme brulee for dessert! You can't dislike creme brulee! There was a mix of locals and tourists at the cafe the day I visited, and the wait staff was friendly and attentive. The food was very good and reasonably priced.
My wife and I made Le Zimmer our fall back restaurant after our first time there. It was consistently delicious, and the wait staff were consistently friendly (and spoke english too boot!) Anything you get will be delicious, but i recommend the onion soup and "one beautiful profiterol".
Great service for this American! Great food, ambiance, and people watching! Ending with the creme brulee is a must!
Great food great decor very friendly wait staff duck confit to die for.
Unlike previous posters, I did see the interior (it was raining) and , wow, it is worth seeing!
We dived in for lunch during a rainstorm and were warmly greeted by the staff.
A 'must' in Paris is to have the famous Soupe à l'onion, a hearty dish topped with a slice of toasted bread and melted cheese. Zimmer's version was every bit as delicious as I had hoped. Their bean and mushroom salad was served with olives on a concasse of fresh tomatoes and drizzled with a balsamic oil reduction. The main course breast of chicken with sauce diable was delicious, and the bacon cheeseburger was sublime! (Beware though that this is served rare in the French way, so if you like your meat well done (why would you?) then avoid it).
Cafe gourmand is a selection of miniature desserts with an espresso - perfect to end the meal.
If you want a wonderful meal in peaceful surroundings, I do recommend the interior dining room of Le Zimmer.
This place was recommended by a friend who lives in the city for a quick lunch prior to catching the metro for airport. Duck confit, foie gras, creme brulee...AMAZING! Friendly staff and very accomodating. I'm probably ruined for life on creme brulee because none will be able to compare to what I had here. A little pricey, but it's Paris so what can you say...
Very unimpressive service. They make a game out of seeing how long they can delay bringing the sugar after bringing your coffee. I pulled out my stopwatch on one occasion. Locals just borrow from another table before their coffee goes stone cold. Good people watching here, though.
My girlfriend and I wandered into Le Zimmer on a late Monday night after a long day in Paris. Immediately, Julien, our attentive and uber-friendly server put together a cozy table and made our perfect Paris day even more perfect. He recommeded fabulous wine, and meals to match. So good was he (as was the food), we hated to leave. So, when the time came the following evening to decide where to dine - naturally in all of Paris we could have gone anywhere - we chose to return to Le Zimmer. Julien took fantastic care of us again - and the meal on Tuesday evening was even better! We felt like locals, rather than American tourists, and cannot recommend Le Zimmer highly enough. A wonderful restaurant is so much more than the food - it is the service, the atmosphere (which Le Zimmer has in spades) and the way the place makes you feel. I felt at home there - but in someone's fancier, more spectacular home. C'est Bon.
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