As I walked toward the pedestrian bridge that links the Ile de la Cité to the Ile Saint-Louis, I thought of a restaurant I knew and have enjoyed several times. It's the Brasserie de l'Isle Saint-Louis (notice the old spelling), and guess what. It was closed up tight. It just figured.
I was starting to wonder why I had passed up some of the tempting restaurants along my way. This one, for example, in the Latin Quarter. Can you read the menu?
French beef braised with carrots for only 13 euros. Or a sirloin steak of Salers beef from the Auvergne at 18.50€. A slice of quiche made with Reblochon cheese from the Alps for just 12 euros. Oh well. I had also had my chance at the Brasserie Balzar across the street.
Scallops (Saint-Jacques) with boletus mushrooms was one of their daily specials. A "gaspacho" of fruit and berries for dessert. And why not a bottle of champagne? Kind of pricey though.
I would certainly have found something tasty at the Danton, over at Odéon a few minutes earlier. But I had just ambled on by, not thinking clearly.
I had stopped and looked at the menu and facade of a restaurant where I've never eaten before: The Bouillon Racine a.k.a. Bouillon Camille Chartier. That braised veal with honey and lemongrass for 16 euros would have been succulent and tasty, I bet. With a choice of either a bowl of watercress soup or a creamy, caramelly dessert.
The Bouillon restaurant is on the Rue Racine just a few steps off the Boulevard Saint-Michel. Again, I had walked on by. Why? Should I go back?