Café Constant


This afternoon, I lunched with my good friend Cécile. Blog readers may recall her daughter's charming display of chestnuts posted last September.
Cécile and I met many years ago. She worked for a French production company at the International Film Festival, which was hosted in Chicago. She is a true Parisian in every sense of the word: elegant, discreet and sophisticated. And, raised in the city since birth. With two active children, a busy husband, and homes in Paris, Normandy and Munich, she has more than enough to keep herself occupied. And, she knows all the best spots in Paris - to dine and otherwise.

Today, we went to the Café Constant, a classic little place around the corner from her apartment and just steps away from the Tour Eiffel. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the sites in the Seventh. Owner Christian Constant was formerly the Chef at the Hôtel de Crillon.

Café Constant offers everything I love about a casual lunch in Paris: quality food, excellent service, locals clients, and a hand-written menu. 

I had a delicious and beautifully presented lunch of Croustillant de Crevettes relevé au basilic, Pommes Grenailles rissolées. That is to say, Fried Shrimp and Fried Potatoes, but it sounds so much lovelier in French. This is the best meal I've had since my arrival last week - 15 euros + 4 euros for a glass of white wine - unbelievable!

139, rue Saint-Dominique
75007 Paris


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