Le Petit Pontoise

9, rue de Pontoise

Telephone: 01 43 29 25 20

Métro: Maubert Mutualité

This tiny restaurant in the rue Pontoise, a little visited side street off quai de la Tournelle, is frequented by both professors and students from the Sorbonne.  Its generous portions prepared from fine ingredients and with good technique, keeps its cliental of regulars well satisfied.

The food and wine are listed on a clutter of chalkboards on the walls around the restaurant.   One of them reminds diners that since the food is made to order, a little patience may be necessary. However, we have never found the wait to be unreasonable.

The cassolette d'escargots is an encellent way to start your meal.  The escargots arrive in a small copper pot, swimming in a parsely cream sauce with mushrooms.  What looks like a small first course turns out to be surprisingly filling, particularly when the sauce is mopped up with the delicious crusty bread.  

Main course choices include carré d'agneau (rack of lamb), saint-jacques poêlées aux petit légumes (sautéed scallops with fresh vegetables, and poulet fermier rôti (roasted free range chicken) with homemade whipped potatoes.  They usually also have rognons de veau (veal kidneys) which are excellent.

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