On my St. Germain des Pres tours I always take clients to the ancient Cour de Commerce St. Andre where the oldest café in Paris is located, Le Procope. There’s an old-fashioned Salon de Thé, La Jacobine that has the most appealing desserts in the window. I’ve always wanted to try them but instead went to Dimanche a Paris for their more sophisticated chocolates and desserts.
Lynn went to La Jacobine a few weeks ago with a friend and said they have an excellent lunch deal. We went at 12PM on a Tuesday and straight away I looked in the window already trying to choose my dessert before I even looked at the food menu, grilling the waiter to describe each dessert.
Already making my dessert decision, I looked at the menu and chose the 15-euro formule of a plat and dessert. I chose coq a vin, which is so rare on French menus these days, and Lynn had the Salad Jacobine. The interior was charming and rustic with wood beamed ceilings and walls and murals with scenes of 18th century France with captions.
The coq a vin was steaming hot and looked so appetizing in a deep red earthenware dish. It was a huge portion, always a plus in my book, and was tender, aromatic, and authentically prepared with carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes in a pool of succulent gravy. Lynn’s salad, also a humungous portion, which she could barely finish, had cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, beets, mushroom confit, green beans, chicken breasts, and if that wasn’t enough, was topped with a piece of delicious, quiche. We were so enjoying our dishes, I hardly thought about dessert, but once we were done, I was more than ready. The banana, pear, and chocolate crumble with crème fraiche served warm was sublime. It satisfied both of my favorite dessert cravings, fruit and chocolate. Lynn had a simple sugar crepe, which she loved and I had a taste too. It was cooked to perfection and not too doughy or sweet. The service was friendly and laid back and Lynn took a special liking to our very attractive, young waiter.
Fully satisfied and more than sufficiently stuffed, we both agreed La Jacobine was a winner and we would go back in a heartbeat.
Lynn’s salad was 16 euros and there was a supplementary two-euro charge for my crumble, since it wasn’t the dessert du jour, which is included in the 15-euro formule.
Cour de Commerce Saint-Andre
59-61 rue Saint-Andre des Arts, 75006
Open 7 days 12PM-11PM
You can also enter through 130 Blvd. St. Germain
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