6.1 Les Gourmets de Ternes, 87 bvd de Courcelles in the 8th, 01.42.27.43.04 (Metro: Ternes) is a place suggested by my Pal J. when my suggestion of a place near his work didn't meet his food demands. I'd never been even though it opened in 1962 and is next to a resto - the Lorraine - we used to go to all the time, principally for its unlimited fish soup.
I was blown away by the tile in the main dining room, reminding me of Vivant and Gallopin (not Galopin mind you) and the menu
looks like those mimeographed ones from 1962 as well. Anyone really wishing to read it should go here. Pal J., who's been coming here since highschool when his best buddy invited him to eat at the family joint, knew exactly what he was getting but it took me a moment to decide; it's a big meat, esp beef place, but I saw the goose foie gras on the chalkboard and it's such a rarity I went for it.
His beef with moelle was good and the frites fine but my foie gras was just what this or any doctor ordered, super fine.
Our bill, with two coffees, 50 cl of red wine and a bottled water, was 117 E.
Go? For two reasons yes. First, I'm in the midst of writing an essay on typical French food and if any place typifies typical, this is it, and second, how can you not love a place with a photo of Jack Nicholson with the chef (Pal J's old classmate) on the wall?