While we were in Paris it was valentines’ day, and knowing restaurants would be busy we found this little gem and booked ahead.
Le Maison de la Verlaine is a beautiful, tiny restaurant in the Latin Quarter of Paris (get line 10 to Cardinal Limoine).
The surroundings and decor were stunning, incredibly romantic and incredibly French.
We booked this restaurant rather blindly, not knowing where it was in relation to other bars and nightlife and were pleasantly surprised to find it in a bustling small Paris street.
The set menu for Valentine’s Day was for three courses with champagne and amuse bouche which came to 42e each, this was really good value for Paris and for such a beautiful restaurant.
We had fois gras to start with which was very nice, silky smooth and rich. It came with a toasted brioche and onion chutney which were the perfect accompaniment.
After this, we had the pepper rump steak.
This had the potential to be very tough being a cheaper cut of meat but it was cooked very nicely, and came with a delicious pepper sauce and two wonderful potato croquets. The croquets were probably the best part of the meal, real fluffy mash tucked in breadcrumbs.
For desert I had profiteroles and my partner the tarte tatin, again both of which were delicious. The profiteroles had great theatre about them as the waiter served the melting hot chocolate over them right at the table.
The atmosphere of this restaurant is one of the best I’ve ever experienced, perfect for a romantic meal in Paris.