Monday, 11 July 2011
Café en Seine
My other half took me to lunch at Café en Seine this weekend and all I have to say is WOW. Not only was the food amazing, but I think Hearst Castle is missing a couple rooms. The decoration in this restaurant was fantastic. Sort of Empire, sort of Victorian, a dash of Art Nouveau and a healthy shake of Art Deco. In other words, Bohemian Stylish.
Upon walking in, one is greeted by what looks like the hood ornament from a Rolls Royce, standing next to a lamppost liberated from the Palace of Versailles. The floors are a fantastic free-form Art Nouveau mosaic. Everywhere you look there are massive ceramic urns, bronze statues of barely-clad ladies (rrrrow, baby!) and fancy pants chandeliers that look like they belong an a Parisian library. Somehow it all works, in a weird, William Randolph Hearst kind of way.
I ordered a fantastic warm salad with lambs' liver, bacon and a delicate hash of garlic potatoes. The lambs' liver was cooked perfectly and had just a hint of gamey flavor. My other half ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with a piquant pimento relish. It had just enough spark of heat without blowing away your tastebuds. When my family comes to visit, we are definitely bringing them here. This is like the Paris café version of Farralon in San Francisco.
By the way, if anyone finds my socks, please let me know.