3.0 Les Tontons 2, 73, rue Brancion in the 15th, 01.45.33.87.22, open 7/7 has menus at 12.90, 15.50 and 19.50 E and didn't not get great reviews when it opened a year ago, indeed it got rather tepid ones. Why did I go? Hummmmm, well aside from the fact that it was Sunday and I was hungry, it sort of sounded kicky, a tartare place across the street from the used book market in the Georges Brassens Park.
Like other restos focusing on a single truc: souffles, crepes, tomatoes, pommes, etc., I thought a bunch of tartares might be fun. But by the time I'd schlepped out there, I was chilled to the bone and in no mood for refrigerated fish, steak or cheese, so I was pleased to see they had other than tartares.
I asked what the du jour's were and went with two. First, I had a two-fish mousse/loaf with a most tasty chive sauce and a salad with fresh lettuce but tired dressing. Although my colleague at BP reported that the bread was from Max Poilane up the block, the stuff I was served was nothing like anything coming from the Poilanes.
As soon as I was done, my plate was removed and my silverware dumped on the table - oh, that kind of place! Where the clientele is all local but goes from elegant parents in from the burbs eating with the beautiful newlyweds to folk who look like SDF (whoops, scruffy is "the" look, isn't it?) and people who put salt on their beef before tasting and mustard and catsup are liberally dispensed from squeeze bottles. That kind of place. OK. I can deal with it.
Then I had the entrecote, asked for it blue, which it was, with a not-at-all-bad cheesy sauce and pathetic fries. I was amazed at how full I was and declined the dessert but had an OK coffee serre.
With wine, no bottled water in sight, my bill was 24.90 Euros. Beat that!
Go? Your back-packing relatives will bless you for such a bargain and since the Tontons in their name refer to the movie not Papa Docs thugs, you're safe.