Risotto with pancetta
Lightly-seared Ahi tuna
Getting started at La Table Verte
On our second day, as we walk from our hotel to Musee Marmotan Monet, we pass a restaurant we haven't been to in a few years and decide to come back later for dinner. Le Poincaré is on Avenue Raymond Poincaré, one block from the Trocadero and 1.5km (.9 miles) from the Arc de Triumph. We originally walked in several years ago after checking out the restaurants on the circle at Trocadero and deciding that they were too touristic. We then walked just one block away from the tourist sites and there it was, warm and welcoming with good smells and a happy local crowd.
It's the same now, there is an after-work group in part of the restaurant that winds down as we dinner folks start to drift in. That makes for a happy sounding room that slowly transitions to more serious focus on food. We start with pate, served on slate and fantastically-creamy French onion soup. Then I have a sausage, served with beans and mustard, while Laura has a lifetime supply of charcuterie.
Starters: pate and creamy French onion soup
Sausage and charcuterie plates
And for desert, chocolate, two spoons
After dinner, we walk one block over to the Trocadero to watch the lights on the Eiffel Tower and then stroll along the Seine to Place de la Concorde, then back toward our hotel (both to see the beautiful sites and because Laura needs to walk off the 20 pounds of charcuterie). But, just past the hotel on Avenue Wagram, we spot a cafe named, appropriately, "The Place to...?", a welcoming spot for an after-dinner drink, and we take a table outside for some wine. And, we come back the next night after dinner also.
The Place to ...?
As we leave The Place to...?, we take a quick twirl to the music, dancing on the sidewalks of Paris (others are dancing inside the cafe) and get a resounding "Bravo" from one of the outside tables. We give them a quick double thumbs up and head back to our hotel, having properly filled the day with Parisian experiences.