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May 7, 2016 / French / By
Anna

After a good stiff walk up to Montmartre's Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris and a gentle stroll back down the hill dipping in and out of tempting little shops, hunger struck. The streets of Paris are littered with cafes and restaurants. The first one we tried had a fantastic view and prices to match, so we wandered on.  It seems to me that when a few friends on holiday in a strange city do not have a definite destination in mind for lunch, a sort of vortex of doubt and recrimination begins to form. Once you have walked away from one person’s choice, it seems inevitable that this will keep on happening as each subsequent possibility is spurned for one reason or another. And this is what happened.

Finally, in desperation we settled down at a little restaurant, Le Relais Gascon, with very ugly red and yellow chairs. I was sure we had made a mistake but had lost the will to resist. We sat together, a glum party of four, leafing disconsolately through the menu. A beer, yes that I would have, but what about food? Then the two women beside us had their lunches delivered, and the atmosphere changed. I swear the sun came out from behind clouds.

With the shameless enthusiasm of foodies we asked them what it was they were eating. It turned out to be a chicken gizzard salad – really, it was. Luckily, there were other salad choices, so I went for the Roquefort and bacon salad.

 I will describe it as I am afraid the photograph only hints at the delights inside. Under the layer of herb flavored, oven-roasted potatoes was a perfect mix of lettuce leaves, creamy dressing, Roquefort and little bacon bits all tossed lovingly together. It took me about thirty minutes to eat, but I was determined to enjoy the whole thing. Usually, I do not like salad served in a bowl, but this time I had no complaints at all. I was even able to concede that the ugly colored chairs were probably meant to be very jolly; that’s how much my mood had improved.

I believe the food Gods had smiled upon us because when I went inside, being tourists we had sat outside despite the cool weather, the place was packed full of local people enjoying a good lunch. This is my ideal, to eat where the locals go and it had happened just by chance. 

Our discovery of le Relais Gascon was a mix of hunger, luck and the inability of four mature, well-travelled adults to agree on any of the twenty plus other restaurants we had looked at on the way down from the top of Montmartre. Seems we're not alone in thinking this was a pretty good place to end up, even if by default: have a look at the Tripadvisor reviews and photographs.

Le Relais Gascon

Country: France

Province/State: N/A

City: Montmartre

Address: 6, rue des Abbesses

Zip/Post Code: 75018

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: 01 42 58 58 22 & 01 42 52 11 11

Website:http://www.lerelaisgascon...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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