So, you're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but sometimes, just sometimes, it's perfectly acceptable to judge restaurants by their exteriors. Especially when you turn out to be right.
Historie Ancienne was easily the best-looking joint in town, especially when the rest of the town was in a fairly battered state due to roadworks when we were there. The restaurant was just as handsome inside, filled with plenty of leather and brass 1930s-style booths, and black and white photos and paintings of naked ladies.
|Bread basket with assorted breads, butter, sea salt, chilli flakes and taramasalata|
|Starter - foie gras terrine|
Little grunts of pleasure were coming from Manbacon's side of the table, so I took that as a sign that his foie gras starter was highly enjoyable.
|Main - White fish, rice and oysters|
My main was another sculptural dish - don't the little sticks poking out of the rice oblong remind you of a robot head? Delicious fish again, but the oysters were the real winner here.
|Dessert - Sabayon with strawberries and sorbet|
I'm saving my pennies and planning on another trip across the Channel soon, just to sample more of the menu.
20 Rue Royale