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La Cave De L'Insolite in the 11th: A Nice Place Albeit Not a Destination Resto.

By Johntalbott

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5.0 La Cave de l'Insolite, 30, Rue Folie Mericourt (Metro: Richard Lenoir) in the 11th,, open for meals Tuesdays-Saturday all day and Sunday noon, keeps getting mentioned so when best food finder pal said it was convenient to his wife's Pilate's place and he found it "pas mal," I was game.

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It's one of these "all-natural" wine places where you pick tghe wine from the bins and for 7E they open it.  My friend and I took one look and could not resist the BBQ showing a hotdog chased by a knife and fork (reminding us of Hey diddle diddle, The Cat and the fiddle,........And the Dish ran away with the Spoon).  A quick Google search (there was no etiquette info on grape or origin) showed it was a Syrah from north of Lyon - and pretty good.

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In addition to the carte they had a "menu" of pork and coffee gourmand for 14 E, a world class bargain which my male friend had.

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 Madame started with the burrata and smoked white ham with confited tomatoes, M. the sauteed cepes with pine nuts and myself the so-called terrine (really two potato galette thins) of pig's feet, very slippery and tasty.

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Then M. had the featured pork breast with potatoes and cauliflower, Madame the bar with coco beans, a fennel puree and coriander and I went with the cepes starter as my main.

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M. was the only one to have dessert; a fruit salad, rice pudding and mini-financiere and all three had coffee.

With said coffee, 1.5 bottles of BBQ, no bottled water and most excellent bread, our bill was 123.00 E  for three or 82 E a couple.

Go?  If your friend has Pilates nearby or you're on a tight budget, why not?

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