Recently acquired by Alain Ducasse Entreprise, Allard restaurant nestled in the heart of the Latin Quarter along the rue Saint André des Arts remains one of Paris most authentic bistro. Once an eighteenth century wine shop recognizable through its metal bars on windows (it was compulsory for wine shop during that period to have their windows protected with metal bars) You can still see some of these typical wine shops turned to restaurants. Allard has a lineage of women cooks. it first began when Joséphine wife of Vincent Cadré opened their first bistro, then it was called La Halte de l’Eperon. Later in the early 1930’s it was taken over by Marthe and Marcel Allard from Burgundy. It was at the hands of Marthe Allard that the feminine touch continues to enhance the traditional family style cuisine. When Fernande their daughter in law joins in, she continues to orchestrate some of the restaurant most delicious regional specialties. It enjoys great popularity until it was taken over in 1985 by Claude Layrac from Aveyron, to be later acquired by Alain Ducasse in 2013. The decor remains unchanged with its eye catching authentic zinc bar and names of celebrities who used to dine here still haunts the place. Even under the guidance of Alain Ducasse, the feminine touch continues to perpetuate the tradition at Allard with Latitia Rouabah as its chef. The succulent dishes concocted by Fernande Allard handed down from her family recipes is still there and I am on the threshold of discovering its epicurean treasure. Here it is a refreshing cucumber in creamy vinaigrette sauce created by Fernande Allard to whet the appetite.
Ready to devour the next delicious appetizers is Arnaud Nicolas tasty Pâté en Croûte and the delicious coddled eggs girolles mushrooms served with garlic bread sticks.
And the must try Fernande Allard’s traditional frog legs in savoury parsley mixture. Served with 2011 red wine Château Lagrezette
Still lingering within the delightful cooking inspired from Fernande Allard comes another irresistible platter, the divine Challans duck. Allard’s signature dish served with green Sicilian Trapani olives – these fresh green meaty fabulous olives are just amazing, one of the best I ever had ! It comes with small potatoes en cocottes (cooked in a cast iron pot with a lid) and a touch of fleur de sel.
And to wrap it all up take a dip into a mouthwatering selection of sweets, fresh figs cooked in honey, profiteroles and vanilla flavoured floating island.
41, rue Saint-André des Arts
Tél. 01 58 00 23 42
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