Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise (Paris)

Photo of Chez Marie Louise for blog post, "Recipe: Sweet Cornbread," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

Chez Marie Louise is an oasis of fantastic and authentic Parisian food.

I’ve been back from France for three weeks and since I probably won’t be visiting again soon, I find myself REMINISCING by looking at the photos I took. Of all the cities I visited, my favorite was Paris, which happened to be our last stop.

I had been to Paris 2 years ago and was less than satisfied with the food and the people. I was on the receiving end of one too many of those INFAMOUS “French stares.” So, with bad memories and a very unimpressed stomach, I VOWED never to set foot on Parisian soil again. Never going back to Paris would be too soon for my taste.

Look at how well that went for me: Our flight from France back to America took off from Paris and I had to make the best of a short day in the City of Lights. After a whirlwind David Lebovitz tour of Paris, we had dinner at Chez Marie Louise, a Trip Advisor recommendation.

The restaurant was reasonably priced, and the food was exquisite. We ate outside and the ambiance was enhanced by the buck naked neighbor watching the diners from his terrace across the street. Delightful.

Cancel that previous vow I made. I can’t wait to get back to Paris.

Photo of chez marie louise menu for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

The menu at Chez Marie Louise consists of traditional Parisian fare.

Photo of Chez marie louise for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

“Cuisine Traditionelle” is hard to come by in Paris. Seek and you shall find.

Photo of salmon tartare for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

I’m a sucker for all fish tartares, and the one served at Chez Marie Louise is prepared simply with a squeeze of lime juice, toasted baguette and fresh lettuce.

Photo of avocado, shrimp, and grapefruit dish for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

This dish consists of a halved avocado, shrimp and grapefruit segments and is served with arugula and a creamy sauce, a surprisingly delicious combination.

Photo of eggplant dish for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

My mom ordered this tower of roasted eggplant which is served with a house-made sun-dried tomato sauce, ricotta cheese and a pesto sauce that has a slightly smoky flavor.

Photo of steak dish for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

I also love steak, so it was a no brainer for me when I saw a steak dish on the menu. This steak sits in a thickened red wine sauce and is served with “pommes frites.” Oh La La.

Photo of fish dish for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

My dad picked this fish dish which proved to be the best thing on the menu hands down. It consisted of fish served in a creamy sauce with creamed spinach (I swear this was so incredibly tasty. It was anything but your grandma’s bland creamed spinach) and potatoes.

Photo of banana dessert for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

The waiter convinced us to try the banana, caramel and ice cream dessert which was an out of this world, amazing, tasty, crispy, smooth, sweet and satisfying treat.

Photo of Chez Marie Louise owner for blog post, "Restaurant Review: Chez Marie Louise," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

The charming and enthusiastic owner of Chez Marie Louise made the dining experience special and hilarious.

Revoir Bientôt, Paris,

Charis

  • REMINISCING = recalling the past
  • INFAMOUS = notorious
  • VOW = a solemn promise

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