After we had finished at Cité, we were hungry and decided to get a bite to eat at Café du Trocadéro. This is part of my series on the six restaurants of the Place du Trocadéro. They include Le Wilson, Le Coq, Kléber, Pâtisserie Carette and Le Malakov. This is the only terrace with a direct view of the Eiffel Tower. It is also the first in the shade when the sun goes down, you can't have everything I suppose. The Café du Trocadéro was featured in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. This is also the best spot to have a drink while you wait for the nightly Eiffel Tower light show. This got good reviews on TripAdvisor, 70% recommendation.
This review on Le Coq is the third of my series on the six restaurants of the Place du Trocadéro. The others are Le Wilson, Café Kléber, Pâtisserie Carette, Le Malakov and Café du Trocadéro. Le Coq is one of those expensive restaurants, in a great location, with great service and comfortable dishes that you may want to splurge for after a day of sightseeing. Located on the place du Trocadéro in the 16th district, Le Coq is a modern brasserie in a chic setting with a very cool design and cosy interior by Jacques Garcia. Red tables, mirrored walls and ceilings, corridors clad in small black tiles, columns of opaque imitation ice in the middle of the restaurant. According to the Michelin Guide, Le Coq is an old brasserie which has been given a facelift and new life as a Thierry Costes restaurant in 2007. They serve simple yet well-executed dishes. You might expect I would like this, reminds me of Las Vegas.
As I stated in my last post, I am doing a series on restaurants in the Trocadéro. Really, Pâtisserie Carette belongs in a category of its own or perhaps with Angelina (see my post). For more than 80 years this cafe of tea and sweets has held center court in the famous Place du Trocadéro and now it has opened a second outlet in the Place Des Vosges. Carette was founded in 1927, established by Jean Carette and quickly became a Parisian favorite. Ten years ago, under the direction of Chef Frédéric Tessier, the decor and menu were “refreshed”. In addition to the macarons and other sweets, they have finger tea sandwiches and a good selection of teas. The menu is heavy on salads and sandwiches. I went there yesterday morning for brunch and today for lunch. TripAdvisor gives Carette #296 of 9,069 restaurants in Paris, one of the highest scores I have seen, I think mostly for the location.
A little reference to one of my favorite French poets, Arthur Rimbaud and his greatest work, Après Le Déluge (see my post). If you have not heard, Northern Europe had a major snowstorm a couple of days ago. On Tuesday the Eurostar trains had to be suspended as severe weather in Northern France and Belgium forced operators to close sections of the railway. The snow caused major disruption in Paris, with authorities urging the seven million daily public transport users to stay at home. Several major roads around the capital remained shut. We got in Monday and I thought it would be fun to show some pictures.