• About Séamus

    Originally from Northern Ireland, I came to England seventeen years ago. My first proper job was in an opticians and I have never left the industry since (apart from one month at a bespoke shirt makers). I have sixteen years experience of the eyewear industry and have a passion for handmade spectacles and sunglasses with an eye on innovation in design.

  • When in Paris…

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    One of the things I am most looking forward to in Paris is my annual trip to Prisian institution, Le Relais de l’Entrecote http://www.relaisentrecote.fr/

    They have four branches in Paris and apparently one in London too but I have never been to it. Part of me doesn’t want to go as I love my September visit to the branch in St. Germain. They have one thing on the menu, Steak-Frite. There is always a queue and no bookings are taken but the wait is never too long. Once in, you will be asked how you would like it and you better have an answer. The service is very efficient, very French and dawdlers get short shrift. The waitresses (and they are all waitresses or at least I have never seen a waiter there) are the epitome of the French matriarch in their black dresses with their starched white aprons.

    You will be given an appetiser of crispy salad with perfect vinaigrette followed by the steak as you like it. It is a thin cut of rib steak with French fries (yes French fries, not chips) with an amazing sauce, the make up of which is a closely guarded secret. Daddies it is not I can assure you. Just when you think it is over, a second helping comes along! You can follow with one of their excellent desserts if you can fit it in but to do so means navigating the impenetrable, hand written, abbreviated, French dessert menu. Good luck with that!

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