After all our travelling we didn't really want to go too far for dinner. While on our shopping outing we made mental notes on the various restaurants around us and decided to try Le Navigator.
I can't give you a particular reason why we choose it but it seemed to fit the authenticity test - the menu was in French, most of the diners were French and there was a menu that seems to cater to most tastes.
The menu was a well-worn document and when it comes to French wines we aren't what you call experts. There are certain styles we like and wines with some age on them appeal so we started with a lovely half bottle of this:
2004 Chéreau-Carré Château L'Oiselinière de la Ramée Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie
6 Escargots de Bourgogne
the snails were more meaty than ones we've had back home but still delcious and the garlic and parsley butter that filled their shells were brilliant.
It's a very simple presentation, a bit of jelly on the side with toasted bread but you know, it was delicious - the foie gras just melting in your mouth.
To go with our mains we chose this:
2007 E Guigal Saint-Joseph Rhone
Ris d'agneau aux girolles
The ris d'agneau are lamb sweetbreads and I don't think I've ever seen so many on one plate. The sauce was rich and complex and utterly delightful as one could hope for. The sweetbreads were soft and tender and a real pleasure to eat.
Confit du Canard
I don't think I've ever seen a duck maryland as big as this but once again it really couldn't be beaten. The meat just flaked from the bone at the touch of a fork - the meat itself was dark and more flavoursome than I'd experienced back home. It was served with sauteed girolles and a cheesy potato gratin.
Although we couldn't quite eat all our dinner, it was quite an excellent way to end our first day in Paris.
63 Rue Galande
75005 Paris, France
01 43 54 35 86
Daily 12pm-2:30pm, 7pm-11pm