L’Entrecôte

14 Oct

On Wednesday night I visited what is now my favourite restaurant ever, l’Entrecôte, which literally means ‘steak’. The general set-up is pretty cool: turn up, take a seat, say how you want your steak cooked (rare for me of course), order any drinks, done. No menus, no hassle, just good old steak frites.

We went at around 8.30pm when the queue wasn’t too bad (there’s almost always a queue) and didn’t have to wait too long. I’ve seen it snake round the block before, as shown in this picture (borrowed from here), but I’ve been told that even when you’re queued round the corner you won’t be waiting for more than about 20 minutes.

L’Entrecôte combines the concept of fast food with really good quality steak, and if you’re in a rush you could probably be in and out in under an hour. Before the main course is served everyone gets a salad, which thankfully isn’t too filling as let’s be honest, all anyone really cares about is the main meal.

Following this, you are served steak frites, all covered in a magic mystery sauce. This sauce is probably the best thing I’ve ever tasted, it’s had articles written about it trying to guess the ingredients, and even has it’s own Facebook  fan page.

Once/if you’ve managed to make it through your initial giant potion, which includes the best frites in the world, your waitress comes over with as many more frites as you want, plus the rest of your steak on a giant platter.

They put everyone on the table’s remaining steak onto one dish, so this was between five of us, and here you can see the difference between ordering saignant (rare) and cuit (medium). Despite flagging towards the end, we managed to finish all the steak as it’s definitely a sin to let it go to waste.

The total cost of a meal is €17 not including wine, plus there’s the option to have a dessert afterwards (although it’s unlikely you’ll have any space) for around €5.50. For students this is a bit on the pricey side, but as a treat I would definitely recommend saving up and paying a visit. There are a few other L’Entrecôte restaurants, not just in France but also internationally, so if you do a bit of research you might find there’s one near you!

Here’s one last close-up to round things up, avert your eyes if you don’t like your meat to have a pulse.

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3 Responses to “L’Entrecôte”

  1. lucefowls October 14, 2012 at 17:45 #

    deffo deffo deffo going now that ive seen pictures! also so amazing you get the rest of your steak afterwards!

  2. Millie Jones October 14, 2012 at 17:57 #

    this looks amazing!

  3. Chris Bainbridge October 14, 2012 at 18:45 #

    Doing some work with a Frenchy. He’s salivating over the sight of raw meat.

    Not in that way.

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