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04 ARR: Le Gaigne12, Rue Pecquay , Phone: 01 44 59 86 72
Closing day: Sunday, Monday
Reviewed by: Doru from Canada, review #3562
Good food, low key, good service, good location, wallet-friendly, and not (yet) discovered by Rick Steves.
Directions: Metro Rambuteau
We were four for lunch, two Parisians (the Slow Travel member and Hero Americana in Parigi and her husband), my wife and I.
My wife is lactose intolerant, and we always count on the kitchen to whip up something suitable for a lactose-free diet. Here, graciously, they did: the restaurant was very flexible with the requirements of the one lactose intolerant among us, and her lunch choices were adjusted accordingly.
We made our choices from the very interesting “formule” (menu fixe), with two choices for each of appetizer, main course and dessert, at only 23 Euro. My wife ordered à la carte, the other three ordered the formule. We had among us crispy rolls of some bird, previously marinated in soia and basil; a wonderful mushroom soup (Cappuccino de champignons, called so because of its colour); grilled Lieu noir (pollock? swaithe?) fillet with cauliflower; grilled beef skirt with Swiss chard; sea bream fillet with baby potatoes baked with green onions; mango crumble; crème caramel.
All was excellent and a remark was made as to how Le Gaigne (here I plagiarise the Slow Traveller Americana in Parigi): “…is just the Slow Travel kind of place: good food, low key, good service, good location, wallet-friendly, and not (yet) discovered by Rick Steves”
The menu "formule" is changed weekly. The à la carte part is changed monthly, to correspond with changes in the seasons.
This is a very small restaurant, with few tables placed with moderate spacing. Thanks to this, during lunch, we had a Slow Travel Reality moment: a young American couple sat at a table near us, which here it means that they were really-really close and could hear us speak English. The young woman drew our attention discretely and said: “Excuse me, but can I ask you a question?” To our affirmative, she continued: “How much should we tip here?’ And so, instead of directing her to the Slow Travel web site and its French forum(!) we explained to her that the service of 15% is already included in the price, and that she can just round up to the next 5 or 10, as the case may be. We felt as if we were answering a question on tipping on the France forum of SlowTalk!
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