Paris, November 2018 – Le Mesturet is one of those wonderful experiences that one stumbles upon unexpectedly. A Swiss friend from Zurich had suggested it, but none of the concierge team at our hotel has heard of it. We were hesitant at first, but decided to go there on a wimp since we were just roaming at nearby Palais Royal.
Located on Rue de Richelieu, Le Mesturet was located between Opéra Garnier, the Bourse and Palais Royal. It has the vibe of a typical Parisian bistro, and the staff was all very friendly. The décor is cosy, charming, “Old Paris”; the chandelier was made of green wine bottles.
They offer an extensive menu of traditional French cuisine. Prices were reasonable with Le Petit Mesturet (2 course set lunch) at Eur26, and Le Grand Mesturet (3 course set lunch) at Eur31.50. As we were both famished after our morning walk, Mr. King and I both selected Le Grand Mesturet.
Starters – We had the Pastilla of 9 Large Burgundy Snails and a Pumpkin Soup.
The snails along with mushrooms were neatly packed inside thin puff pastry. It was delicious. Be warned, the portions are very generous, so do save room for dessert!
Main course – I ordered the veal dish of the day, and Mr. King had Grilled Beef Entrecote. We both agreed the Beef Entrecote was the better choice.
Dessert – Mr. King had been looking all over for this authentic Paris dessert called “Paris Brest”. He was so ecstatic that Les Mesturet had it on their menu.
The gigantic pastry was filled with praline-flavoured cream – covered with powdered sugar. Mr. King declared that the Paris Brest was his favourite Parisian dessert!
I had the Profiteroles, which was filled with Montélimar nougat ice cream, chocolate sauce and slivered almonds. This was one of the best profiteroles I have ever tasted!
We will certainly return to Les Mesturet on our next trip.
All photos were taken by Mrs. King.