Sunday, June 17, 2007
Café Marly (Paris) - Q
A number of us met up for brunch at Café Marly (Cour Napoleon; M: Palais Royal), which is a very nice restaurant right in the courtyard of the Louvre. After quite a long wait (since we didn't make reservations), we got a nice table facing the Pyramid entrance to the museum. (In the restaurant you can also get a table that looks right into the sculpture courtyard in the Louvre.) Of course you are going to pay a price premium for the location but it's well worth it. I got a smoked salmon and scallop carpaccio for appetizer, which was sashimi-grade scallop wrapped in smoked salmon and thinly sliced together. The presentation was certainly very nice. I went with a traditional steak tartare for main dish and it was very fresh and well-seasoned. The clientele, as can be expected, was mostly tourists so attractiveness can vary quite a bit. Fortunately, they do have an extremely good-looking staff deserving of a Q. Combine that with the atmosphere of the Louvre and solid food, Café Marly is undoubtedly a great brunch destination (reservations recommended)!