August is seriously a bad month for travelling and eating. I wanted to try Spring, Frenchie, La Régalade, Bistro Volnay, Auberge Bressane, L’Affriolé etc… but they were all closed!!! The only highly recommended foodie places that are opened in August and Sundays are the trio of restaurants owned by Chef Christian Constant. Chef Constant was an executive chef at Hotel Crillon’s 2-star Michelin restaurant, Les Ambassadeurs, but decided to branch out on his own. He now has 3 restaurants located in the the 7th arrondissement (very near to the Eiffel Tower): Le Violon d’Ingres (most expensive), Les Cocottes and Café Constant (least expensive). They’re all on the same block but serve different types of food, each with an unique experience.
Café Constant serves traditional French comfort food and a good value.. hence it’s popularity. It opens at 7pm and doesn’t take reservations. We got there before 7 and already there were people standing outside. When the clock struck 7.. it was chaos! The people who were drinking at the bar were seated first and then everyone outside tried to rush in to get a table… it was all push and shove…. not very Parisian…. Because the meal we had the 1st night was so good, we actually came back for another dinner and lunch! The 2nd night, we went at around 9:30pm and there was still a short lineup!
We sat on the 2nd floor and it was soooooo hot! Packed tables, no aircon and a 35+ degree weather…… 1st floor would be a better choice cause there’s aircon!
So this is a summary of what we ate during our 3 visits.. we tried most of the regular menu and the chef’s special! :
effiloché de crabe, pommes Ratte en salade au persil plat (crab and potato salad)… very refreshing..
raviole de homard à la crème légère de crustacés (lobster ravioli with light shellfish sauce)… soooo delicious.. very strong lobster taste..
Poelée d’encornets au chorizo, artichauts poivrades au lard (sautéed squid with choirzo sausage, violet artichokes and bacon)…… the sauce was so good to dip the bread with...
Gaspacho de tomates andalou, mousseline d’avocats et gambas marinées (Gazpacho with grilled shrimp)... this was spicy…
tartare de saumon, huitres et bar au gingembre (salmon, oyster and sea bass tatare)….
terrine de foie gras de canard maison, pain de mie toasté (toast with foie gras).…this was slightly gamey…
Gambas entières grillées à la plancha, riz thai safrané (whole king prawns grilled with saffron Thai rice)… This was so good that we ordered it all 3 times! The prawns and the rice were so flavourful!
rice with a strong grilled prawn taste!
Carré de porcelet roti à la fleur de thym, jus à l’ail et galette de darphin (roast piglet chop with thymn and garlic, potatoes).. very tender.
filet de daurade royale au pistou grillé à la palncha, ratatouille niçoise (grilled sea bream with ratatouille) .. the skin was slightly crispy! It seems like the French like to pair fish with ratatouille (zucchini, peppers, eggplant) .. which I love!
tartare de langoustines aller-retour, croustillant de légumes (Langoustine tatare easy-over, crispy vegetable tempura)…. so delicious.. it’s like lobster-cake!
Escalope de veau Cordon-Bleu comme l’aiment nos enfants (fried veal with cheese)… quite juicy!
and it came with a pasta side dish. which was soo creamy…
grilled prawns with tomatoes…this was a lunch special…
profiteroles maison, sauce au chocolat chaud (ice cream puff with hot chocolate sauce)… hot & cold & rich! yumm!
The food here can be a good price (11 Euros for appetizers, 16 Euros for mains, 7 Euros for dessert) but the chef specials are a lot more expensive (up to 17 Euros for appetizers and 28 Euros for mains). For the quality of food, it’s totally worth it and it became our most visited restaurant in Paris!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
139 Rue Saint-Dominique 75007 Paris, France
01 47 53 73 34