My first meal in any new and foreign city tends to be my most favorite. Such was the case with me and this restaurant. My dinner here wrapped up a nice long day after traveling into Paris.
Ma Salle a Manger is a small unpretentious restaurant located at the northern tip of lle de la Cite (City Island). I chose it because it was rated highly on Trip Advisor and I happened to be in the neighborhood. Like I mentioned it is tiny, and on the night I visited the inside was packed with customers so I was forced to eat outside. But that worked out fine because directly above my head was a warm heating lamp. Plus I got to enjoy the very cool looking cobble stone street.
My dinner meal couldn't have been better. My duck confit was superb. My au gratin potatoes were to die for (cooked in a cute ceramic bowl). And my onion soup was proof that onion soup doesn't need cheese to make it taste good (yup, it had no cheese but the onions were caramelized to perfection). However the most memorable thing about my meal was my dessert, creme brulee. It was perhaps the best creme brulee I've ever had in my life. Take a look at the photo I snapped. Tell me that doesn't look like a work of art that should be hanging in the Louvre? It tasted even better than it looked.
Prices were very very reasonable. I got an entrée|plat|dessert deal and a glass of wine for only 31 Euros. Wow. So one of my best meals in Paris was also my cheapest.
Lastly, the cute server girl working the whole restaurant was super terrific. She was very accommodating with my English, and helped me out with the menu and wine list (her wine recommendation was spot on too).
If there weren't so many darn choices in the city, I could have easily eaten here every day for four days straight and been perfectly happy.
How bad is the service here? We had to walk out.
Go somewhere else. Paris has many cafes that will be happy to treat you well.
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