Destinations Magazine

Le Saut Du Crapaud Aka Le Bis, in the 14th: What a Pleasant Surprise!

By Johntalbott

Mars 2014 001

6.2 Le Saut du Crapaud, formerly known as Le Bis and before that, Le Bis de Severo, 16, rue des Plantes in the 14th,, closed Sundays and Monday nights (Metros: Alesia, Mouton-Duvernet, Pernety) has been open for exactly three years and gotten little notice.  Its chef, Marco Paz, was formerly a Mexican banker, who married a French woman and cooks classical French cuisine, advertised as all fresh product, made-in-house, etc.  From the outside it's hardly identifiable, and both my friend and I puzzled over whether "this was the place," but

Mars 2014 011

on entering - there's the clear drawing of the toad's foot - and we're truly in the correct place.

Mars 2014 003


Mars 2014 004

We looked at the carte, ordered and asked for their Languedoc - were told they were out of it - but instead they had a nice Coteaux du Libron Preignes Le Neuf - at get this - less than what we had asked for - when has that ever happened to you, or me, or Charlie Brown?  And very nice it was too.

Mars 2014 006

Mars 2014 007

My Frisco friend (they hate it when you call 'em that) had a "vegetable salad" that was cooked, served lukewarm on a hot plate, which took her a bit aback until she tried it and liked it - and I had the shrimp cocktail, in the style of the Porto Escondido - ceviched and served with just right spicy tomato sauce that I loved so much I asked for a spoon to slurp it up.

Mars 2014 008

Mars 2014 009

Mars 2014 010

For mains, my friend chose the hamburger with mozzarella and fries and I had the Promotion Crapaud - lovely lamb kidneys with a nice sauce and fries as well - and, and, and, suddenly appeared a bottle of home-made catsup and was it good, as was all the rest, sure.  We shared a very fine creme brulee for dessert.

Our bill, with no bottled water, decent bread, a bottle and glass of wine and 2 coffees, was just under 70 E.

Go?  It's on my list for Colette, a winner on this wonderful street.


Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog