Monday, January 08, 2007
Where to Have Lunch Near The Musée d'Orsay
The lovely wife loves the Musée d'Orsay. And what’s not to like? Great impressionist art in an imposing 19th century train station make this museum a pleasure to be in and look at. Since it takes sustenance to climb the stairs and avoid the escalators its important to eat lunch before you go in the afternoon or have a ready place to go after spending the morning there. If you take two children this moves from being important to actually being a mission. This became apparent when the eatery suggested by our "Paris with Kids" guidebook turned out to be a fancy, poofy place not . So we walked around, hungry children threatening us at every turn. And fortunately we found Au Corrier de Lyon (17, Rue du Bac, Paris 75007: tel 01 42 61 12 98), located less than two blocks from the museum. The place is as French as you can get; the hostess seated us in the “no smoking section” of two tables with ashtrays at arms length away in case you change your mind. The menu is printed in English as well French, but we were the only non-Francophones in the place. And the food, in traditional café style was served quick and was great. I had the sautéed chicken with fries, the kids the faux-fillet with the same fries and the lovely wife a salad nicoise. All were excellent, and the service was great. I would come back, with or without children.