La Cuisine de Philippe, Paris

I love this tiny little restaurant. We came upon it as we were staying in the hotel opposite Luxembourg Parc and  instantly fell in love with it.  I love the atmosphere, the food, the soufflé.

We have been there several times and we have never had a disappointing meal.  Each time we go we like it even more. This is wonderfully sourced food with a daily change of the special of the day. The staff are super helpful and Chef and owner Philippe always comes up and greets his guests most which were locals. The  star of the show are  the soufflés. You can have both savoury and sweet. Bur a word of caution. Portions here are generous.

On the corner of, the entrance is on Rue Servandani  you go through thick red velvet curtains into the small restaurant. The tables are simple and basic closely put together. A basket of bread is immediately placed on your table and I like the fact that drinks follow soon after. We ordered a Sancerre that was flowery well chilled and left in an ice bucket for us to help ourselves. I like that intimate casual approach.

I can never do three courses her as the food portions are not only large but the food is rich. On this last trip we went twice. The first time I didn’t have a starter as last time I made the mistake of starting with soufflé followed by a main then more soufflé and I was stuffed! I went straight into the mains. Duck breast with honey and orange. Placed on a bed of butternut puree and orange bits that were a really nice addition to the texture. It was served with sliced cooked but al dente potatoes which was new to me. It was delicious. The duck breast were so so tender. And I am not sure how they get the pinkness as well as the softness.

Richard had the special of the day which was a langoustine ravioli  that was superb and huge. They don’t give its bitsy portion here.

I then had the passion fruit soufflé which was the special of the day. Light fluffy and full of favour it was beyond yummy. Richard had the Rhubarb soufflé  which again was really good.

We went a couple of days later  again having dined the two previous nights at Michelin star restaurants Astrance and Pierre Gagnaire. I felt at home and in all honesty the food was just as brilliant. There is no fuss or flourish here. This time round I had the onglet of beef with cognac and peppercorn sauce and it was divine. This was followed by a chocolate and pistachio soufflé. Not my favourite but very good. Richard the dish of the day which was s thimbale of Salmon  with Buerre blanc and a wild mushroom soufflé.

This place is consistently good and I like that the atmosphere and the food and its not silly prices and its my go to place in Paris when I want good food and Souffle.

Links

facebook.com/pages/La-Cuisine-de-Philippe/303438239702142

www.pierre-gagnaire.com

www.astrancerestaurant.com

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