In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s moustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine French cuisine at Café de Paris in Avondale.
Conceptualized by cousin chefs Serge Pambo and Jean Evens Estinfort—both of whom received their culinary training in Paris—Café de Paris uses a pneumatic tube to transport France's authentic flavors to your table. For lunch, roll up one of the café's classic stuffed seafood, chicken, turkey, or ham crêpes ($9.95), or seduce salivators with the hot ham and cheese of a croque Paris madame topped with béchamel sauce ($9.95). Café de Paris's dinner menu starts with traditional temptations including moules marinieres (mussels in white-wine sauce, $14.95), then migrates mouths to grilled duck breast with orange glaze ($26.95) and tenderloin beef steak with peppercorn sauce ($24.95). Patrons made of fragile porcelain or waffle cone can dine on the dainty salade niçoise, a fresh toss of mixed greens, green beans, tomatoes, olives, tuna, hard-boiled egg, and anchovies ($10.95). In addition to lunch and dinner delights, Café de Paris offers Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Like the blush in a wine-warmed cheek, the warm hues of tabletop bouquets stand out against Café de Paris's crisp table linens. The café's elegant interior provides a beautiful backdrop for marriage proposals, divorce proposals, or admissions of twinning, so grab your significant other or significant other's significantly secret twin for a night on the town. Café de Paris also hosts live music, so visit the website to view the schedule if you like to coordinate your chews with orchestrated beats. Café de Paris is closed for dinner on Sunday and Monday nights and for lunch on Saturdays.
Alabama Live featured Café de Paris, praising the dishes and presentation. Seventy-three percent of Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant. TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes, and five Yelpers give it an enthusiastic four stars on average:
- Cafe de Paris IS truly an authentic French cuisine, five star restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere are second to none…Chefs/Owners…always greet, meet their customers, and genuinely inquire about their dining experience. They REALLY care and WANT to ensure your dining experience is enjoyable. Each menu item is freshly made, delicious, and beautifully presented. – DuEwa, TripAdvisor
- Cafe de Paris is an excellent restaurant. I would even say it is the best kept secret in the Lakeview area. The food is delicious. The staff and management gives each guest "A" plus service. – Sherry Tucker, Urbanspoon
2801 7th Ave. S
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