Au Moulin á Vent

20, rue des Fosses-Saint-Bernard,

Telephone: 01 43 54 99 37

Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

Au Moulin à Vent is one of our favorite restaurants in Paris.  It was owned by a husband/wife couple and known as Chez Henri until they retired and sold the restaurant to a young woman named Alexandra Damas.  It now goes by the name Au Moulin à Vent.  Alexandra was smart enough to know not to change anything else, including the three unflappable waiters who ran the place.  Unfortunately, over the years two of them have retired, but Bernard is still there and he, along with Serge and Reyald, do an excellent job.  They always remember us by name from year to year and treat us as old friends.  We eat at Au Moulin à Vent every Saturday night when we are in Paris.

Over the years we have met some very interesting people here:  a member of the French Assemblée National, one of Paris' leading plastic surgeons, an artist who invited us to her apartment to see her paintings, and an obviously very expensive call girl and her client. 

One night, a woman dropped dead upon entering the restaurant, and for 45 minutes the customers had to step over the body to get to their tables.

Every Parisian to whom we have spoken while dining at Au Moulin à Vent has told us that it is one of their favorites Paris restaurants.

Au Moulin à Vent is known for its excellent beef.  We always have the salade frisée aux lardons to start; usually followed by the chateaubriand.  I prefer the chateaubriand échalotes (smothered by minced shallots which have been fried to a golden brown in butter); my wife likes the chateaubriand béarnaise.  We have also had the côte de boeuf for two which is very flavorful but larger and chewier than the chateaubriand.  The foie de veau (calves liver) is excellent when ordered rosé.

The Chateau Barrail de Guillon at 22 Euros is a good wine choice and reasonably priced.

We usually skip dessert here in favor a dish of Berthillon ice cream at our apartment unless we are engaged in an interesting conversation that we want to prolong.  In that case, we share the excellent Charlotte au chocolat (chocolate cake) served with crème anglaise.

People tend to eat late here.  Americans arrive at 8:00, the French from 9:00 to 9:30 or later.  The restaurant is right across the river from the Ile St. Louis, a short walk.

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