Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Birthday Dinner in Paris

We were in Paris for 4 days, and our second day there was my Birthday!
We explored the city all day, then made it back to our hotel to figure out dinner.  The night before, we had seen a restaurant with a long line outside and people waiting until 10 p.m.  So, we decided to check it out and see what the line was all about.  {We were there before it opened, so we only waited about 15 minutes!}
We ended up meeting a very friendly family from Edinburgh.  It was two sisters - one still lived in Scotland, the other had lived in Paris for 40 years.  She said she's been going all 40 years.
The restaurant is called Le Relais de Venise.  I'm not sure how long it's been around, but we were told the decor and owner has remained the same since it opened.
They had one item on their menu: steak with special sauce and fries.
Thats it.  No menu.  The waitress asks you how you like your steak and what you want to drink, and that's it!
{did I mention it's all you can eat?}
Coming from a used to be-still kinda am-but not really vegetarian, this was some of the best steak I have ever had.
And we felt totally silly not knowing any French.  Our waitress wasn't the most friendly woman I've ever met, but the food made up for it!
It felt like we were at a true local spot and it was away from all of the normal Paris attractions... but knowing me, it's probably a huge tourist attraction ;)
We ate inside - the decor was vintage and everything Venice.
The restaurant opens pretty late, and that line is there all. night. long.
The meal! Yum.
We were so excited about our little find, and it made my Birthday pretty special.

Lesson learned.  If there's a long line to eat at a restaurant, it's probably pretty good.

47 comments:

Abby said...

How magical to spend your birthday in Paris. Glad the restaurant was worth the wait!

Rachel said...

Very cute, I am glad you enjoyed it and were able to eat it. I have never heard only having one item to eat-but it seems very Paris-esque. You don't like it, too bad haha.

Katie said...

What a fun experience! I love finding little local restaurants at the places I visit. :-)

In Paris on your birthday? Not a bad present!

Molly said...

Just discovered your little bloggeroo today and it is too adorable! Very jealous you are in PARIS. Can't wait to continue reading and have a fab time in such a magical place.

Anna said...

Pairs is totally on my list!

Lindsey said...

What fun!! I want to go!!! That meal looks delish too!! love all your photos you've been posting!!

safire said...

I loved Paris when I visited it 3 years ago! It looks like you had a fantastic time!

happy (belated) birthday

Simone said...

I mis-read your comment and thought you had said you had a really friendly waitress. I was about to respond and say how lucky you were since friendly staff (of any kind) are rare in Paris!!!

Luckily I re-read your post and saw you said she wasn't the most friendly waitress.....that's Paris LOL!!! NO idea why they are like that but Paris is always the same :)

Glad you had fun though :) xx

Ashley said...

how net! I would love to go to a place like that where I don't have to make a decision on what I want to eat haha =)

Bree said...

They must be doing something right, to be able to only serve one thing!
When by bf and I were in NYC last month, we waited an hour in line for pizza, then for about 15 minutes right after for pizza, and then for about 10-15 minutes at Serendipity. Food is worth waiting!!

heather @ mrs. southern bride said...

SO special! Love all the pictures!! :)

Clarinda said...

What a wonderful birthday. Oh, and I love that there was no menu. That's awesome.

Jocelyn said...

It's also so fun to find "local" spots on vacation! Looks yummy, what a great find!!

Kristin said...

Oh my gosh! That looks amazing!!! What a cool little place and what a SUPER fun birthday! I'm jealous.

Megan said...

ahhhh i totally need a good vacay dinner after seeing this. and i definitely agree with you on "if there is a long line, the food's probably good". only problem is my patience level doesn't always agree :-)

The Pink Tutu said...

How fabulous! A birthday celebration in Paris sounds like a dream come true :)

Sundresses and Smiles said...

That sounds like such a neat experience and those fries look delicious! I remember many of the waiters/waitresses in Paris not being very friendly either. I would do my best to order in French and they were not into it, ha!

Emily Ann said...

I'm so adding this to my list of places to eat when I go in December. Love it! Your trip sounds unreal. Lucky gal!

Nicole Marie said...

oh my gosh i think that's my dream! i am so going there when i go to paris next! that's amazing!

Michelle said...

What a great way to celebrate your birthday! Beautiful pictures! :)

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Amanda said...

what a fantastic meal to celebrate your birthday!

kirsten said...

what a great birthday! i would love to travel somewhere beautiful and new for mine.

Life Abroad said...

Wow I've never heard of a restaurant with only one item on it - what a great idea! It must've been delicious, and the outdoor terrace looks SO beautiful!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

I love finding local spots on vacation! What a perfect place for your birthday!

Kimberly said...

I found your blog thru Denise! glad I did. I want to go to Paris next year. Going to read all your posts and look at your pictures.

Bobbi said...

Wow, that's quite the line! That's interesting that they only have one item but if it's that good I guess that's all they need!

Ashley said...

Wow! That's insane!! Sounds like it was worth the wait, though. I love the look of the resturaunt!! Very quant & enjoyable :)

JMB said...

Leave it to you to find a unique place to eat! PARIS on your birthday -- COME. ONNNN! I KNOW TIMMMAY IS HOARDING COUSINS!!!!
I would even do an uncle...but under 60 TOPS! :) I. MISSS. YOU!!!! I am feeling pretty good!! WE NEED AN EMAIL DATE!!!

Your pictures are so bright and gorgeous!! Love ya!!!!

Novelista Barista said...

beautiful!!! i wish i could go back to paris!

Linh said...

Meat and potatoes...my 2 weaknesses. This place looks heavenly.
xoxo
-linh
http://la-lalinh.blogspot.com

Kimberly said...

How fun to spend your birthday in Paris :)

Frances said...

What an amazing place to spend your Birthday!!!

Anait said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I know I'll be a loyal follower because you've got me hooked with Paris....only my FAVOURITE city in the whole wide world :)

I love that restaurant, and I'm glad your enjoyed your birthday dinner!xx

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

SIGH, Paris is my absolute FAVORITE city.

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

This looks so, so lovely and what a wonderful birthday celebration...you deserve it!

Liesl :)

Lindsay said...

how awesome!!! what a fun/special birthday :)
i totally agree...long line= delicious :)
love your new header!! :)

Bon Bon said...

What a fabulous birthday! Paris. Steak. Fries. Perfect:-) xoxo

Marie Duplessis said...

LOVE THIS CITY.. AND YOUR BLOG..
I'M FOLLOWING YOU..

XOXO

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Mrs. Pancakes said...

This would be so fun! J'taime Paris!!

Ms. Emily Ann said...

What a wonderful birthday!! I'm dying to go to France.. now I'm dying to try this restaurant!!

bananas. said...

wow that was the best steak you ever had? but it looks so simple! like meatloaf almost...must be because it's french ;)

happy belated birthday little lady! xoxo.

Sarah Mina said...

i love paris, it sounds like you had a wonderful birthday there!

CollegeCurl13 said...

What a magical experience this must have been! You lived millions of girls dreams that day! Happy belated birthday!

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Jessica said...

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Amanda said...

Popped over to peek at your blog because I saw you comment ahead of me on like 3 blogs I read on the regular so I had to check you out, ha! So glad I did!

I lived in Paris for awhile in 2008 and two of my best friends lived a couple of blocks away from le relais. We thought about going a couple times, but we were always SO turned off by the wait, ha! We figured we could hop on the metro and go anywhere else or stand in line and well, we are just a bunch of impatient girls :)

And happy birthday!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

What a wonderful way to spend a Birthday!!!

Ocean Dreams said...

Oh to go to Paris! I haven't been since I was 16 - it's been too long! Wow, such a long line but it looks like it was worth it!

BTW, I keep on forgetting to tell you that I love your new header - very cute!