One of the growing Paris trends is eating inside the grocery store. It's called "epicerie-a-manger" and the handful I've tried have been long on looks and short on quality food. I'd say this about Le Cantine de Quentin, Au Duc de Montmorency as well as newcomer Jeanne A, where I recently suffered through a rubbery chicken. They all stock consumables on tidy shelves and create a grocery store illusion, though I've never been the least tempted to buy anything. I do enjoy the look, it's comforting to me in some strange way. Of those I've tried, Le Cantine de Quentin was the best experience food-wise. The hits outshone the misses, like the remoulade, below. A friend explained that it was made with celery but I later learned that he meant celeriac, which is a root vegetable from the celery family. It was combined with peppers and tossed with mustard and was very nice.
The risotto with mushrooms, however, was a miss. The bubbles seemed like a bad sign and indeed they were.
The pate with pickles wasn't bad and I'm not a pickle type.
The mushroom ravioli passed, just barely. A bit on the bland side of the aisle.
This combo of foie gras with chutney was absolutely delicious. Call me a rookie, but I'd not had these two together before and for now on I will insist on it.
I loved the dessert - something named croustillant praliné. A lovely combo of chocolate and praline mix in a cream bath. Very subtle, not overly sweet.
I sat with my back to the window, the better to people-watch the flossies inside. Too shy with my camera, I failed to capture the woman with fur boots or the man with the scarlet tunic and matching hair. The characters eating there scored an A+.