While the Hippotamus Vavin may be a thing of the past, true carnivores may rest assured, this grillhouse institution has been replaced by a brand new restaurant devoted to meat, but nevertheless leaves room for fish and lobster on the menu. The location has kept the same red color scheme for the facade and the pleasant terrace out front. The brick interior, however, is no longer. White faience tiles now adorn the dining room walls and tables for a lovely contrast with the cognac leather benches and an unexpected wood parquet worthy of Versailles!
The menu features a wide range of grilled meats sourced from the best regions in France: Charolais or Salers beef, Limousin veal, Aveyron lamb, Auvergne pork… Seafood is fished in the Atlantic Ocean and the lobster is from Brittany. No starters on the menu, a small curly endive salad with croutons and fresh herbs is systematically offered with the main meal. That way you save your appetite for the tartar made to order (€18), the impressive and tender rib-eye €34, or, for those more partial to seafood, the lightly grilled whole lobster (€39). Each dish comes with a side (choice of French fries, steamed green beans, provencal tomatoes, gratin dauphinois, etc.), as well as one of sixteen sauces (Béarnaise, vierge, diable, Périgueux, beurre nantais, bleu d’Auvergne, Colbert, etc.) or one of the house butters. A tasty dessert like the raspberry vacherin minute at the highly reasonable price of €6 brings the meal to a pleasantly sweet close. The restaurant has a nice selection of soft drinks, beers and wines poured by the glass or in 25 cl, 50 cl or 1 l pitchers.
Bleu–Grill Francais – Noon to midnigh Open daily – Average price: €35.