Dinner at Café Constant, Parisian art nouveau and more walking
From Serge’s deserted love palace we made our way home, stopping at Eric Kayser for bread (numerous locations in Paris, all good) and Nicholas for wine. Was surprised to see the most amazing vintages at Nicholas going for 50 – 60 Euros. Wow!
We were completely blissed out walking along Blvd St Germain and Rue de Grenelle on the way home. A bit tired, but feeling incredibly lucky to be here in this bright white beautiful city. Took some photos as we made our way to our apartment. After a little rest it was time for dinner.
We had read about Café Constant which was just a short walk away on rue St. Dominique. This is a classic bistro run by Michelin-starred chef Christian Constant and his wife Catherine. But the trick at Café Constant is that they don’t take reservations. They open at 7. So, somewhere around 6, the line starts to form, and shortly before 7 the doors open, and everyone rushes, in a very dignified manner mind you, to get a table. We got one upstairs.
It does seem to be a strange way to run a restaurant, but I guess it gives the kitchen time to get everything prepared, knowing that at about 7:10 they’ll be serving 70 people mostly 3-course prix fixe dinners.
We started dinner with champagne – second time that day – just to set the pace for the week. For the main courses we had duck with potatoes and apples, and shrimp with pasta. Dessert was prunes in red wine and spices.
Walking around afterwards, I realized we were close to Avenue Rapp which features an over-the-top Art Nouveau apartment building.
Hit this link for art nouveau Avenue Rapp Paris to see dozens of shots of this famous apartment building including a few interiors. Imagine having that room above the entrance way.
After a few more blocks, this long first day caught up with us. Time to sleep. But first, try out the massive tub in this little Parisian apartment. Hey, big enough for two! In bed by 10:30. Not bad for a full day Saturday….. but guess what? We were both awake at 4:30 in the morning, not tired. Time to figure out the coffee machine.