So tucked away on a Marais side street very close to me, I’ve almost forgotten about Metropolitain restaurant. The neighborhood standby has been around as long as I can remember with its cherry red storefront dotted with portholes. I’d been for lunch about four years ago with a tour client but for some reason hadn’t returned. Passing it last month I saw they had a 20€ two-course lunch menu and decided to give it a whirl.
Lynn wasn’t available this month, so I went solo last Friday about 12:30 and surprisingly it was almost empty. Maybe it was because of the Touissant holiday, where children are off from school the last two weeks of October.
Looking like a typical neighborhood bistro, Metropolitain has a white tiled wall with vintage movie posters with opposite walls of exposed stone along with wood tables and bentwood chairs. Touches of fall and Halloween including pumpkins and gourds lined the shelves along with bottles of red wine. In summer there’s an outdoor terrace in the rear of the restaurant.
The 20€ lunch was the daily entrée and plat special, with no other choices, but luckily it was two things that I liked.
An not so salty olive tapenade cleverly served in a sardine tin on a cutting board with dried toast on the side was first and I lapped up every last bit of it.
A house cured salmon gravlax served with radish rosettes and dots of beet juice was the entrée. The freshness and flavor of the salmon clearly came through as the curing was not too strong or smoky and the beet dots gave a subtle but recognizable sweetness to it.
Next up my plat was roasted codfish with rosemary served with broccoli mousseline. The codfish was perfectly cooked, tasting more steamed than roasted, but I didn’t taste the rosemary. Mousseline and pureed vegetables have been a long time staple accompaniment to plats but as of late you don’t see it much on menus anymore, so I appreciated the smooth, comforting pool of broccoli mouselline.
Although my meal wasn’t sensational, I still recommend Metropolitain if you are looking for reliable, solid bistro food and don’t need to be dazzled.
Chef Paul-Arthur Berlan was a semi-finalist on French version of Top Chef in 2011.
8 Rue de Jouy, 75004 Paris
Metro: St. Paul or Pont Marie
Tel. +33 9 81 20 37 38
Open Monday to Friday for lunch, Monday to Saturday for dinner
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