Nov 23 2013

Café de Flore


Café de Flore is a French brasserie on the trendy Rue Saint Germain on the left side of the Seine river. We were walking on Rue Saint Germain and my friend Katrina suggested we stop there for a late light lunch as she said this place was quite famous (clearly is as they even have their own Wikipedia page that says they are one of the oldest and the most prestigious coffeehouses in Paris, celebrated for its famous clientele and Café de Flore has hosted many intellectuals since World War II!!). The name of the Cafe is taken from a sculpture of Flora, goddess of flowers and the season of spring in Roman mythology, located on the opposite side of the boulevard.

There were 6 of us and when we arrived at 4pm the place was full and we had to wait around 10 minutes for them to accommodate us, as we were such a large group of people. At Café de Flore you could order salads, dishes from the hot buffet, various egg dishes and specials and they also had a variety of cakes and desserts. The atmosphere was lively and buzzing and the waiters were extremely friendly and willing to speak to us and even posed for a picture.

We were having dinner in a few hours, so we did not want to have anything big to eat, so I ordered the French onion soup and a side salad of green leaves. Katrina and Lasma also ordered the French onion soup. Clare and Katrina went for the nicoise salad and Santa ordered a salad of duck fois gras and pear. I was quite disappointed with the onion soup. It had a huge amount of cheese, and nice bread on top, so the top half of bread and cheese was done nicely, but for me there was not enough actual soup and the actual soup with onions also felt quite plain and just not with enough flavour. Agnese did agree with this and she also thought it was a bit too plain, but Lasma liked it a bit more than the two of us. Santa’s fois gras despite costing EUR23.50 was extremely small and she felt quite hungry after wards, but she did like it. As for the nicoise salad, it had a lot of things in it, loads of tuna, anchovies, egg, olives and vegetables and Katrina and Clare said they liked it and it was exactly what they needed at the time, a nice light salad.

I very much liked the cake, Café Opera, which Lasma had ordered as a desert, but she was less keen on it. I thought it was soft, fresh and tasty. Café de Flore is a nice French brasserie, it has character, but then again there are so many of these type of Parisian brasseries and the food was ok, but was not great. Whilst I am very happy I went to such a well-known brasserie, I don’t think in comparison to other brasseries in Paris it really stands out as much these days.

Date: 23/ 11/ 13
Location: Paris
Price for 6 people, with a few glasses of wine, no service charge: EUR 162.10

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Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75006
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