L'Escargot 1903 in Puteaux is another of those places like Pere Lapin, L'Escarbille and all those great places in Levallois-Perret that go unvisited by visitors because they're outside Metro 1-2 Zones. And yet, they won't suffer; today L'Escargot 1903 was jam-packed with locals.
The "menu" is an easy 37 E for a great choice of items and we quickly settled in with a relatively new expat who is, like Hemingway, Baldwin and Fitzgerald, using Paris as a place in which to write her great American novel.
After a startlingly-spicy (for the French) amuse of tapenade on their great bread (toasts), we were served a tasty gaspacho - a good beginning! Colette ordered what was called a presse of sauteed vegetables with burrata, topped with a couple of parmesan strips - and very good it was. Our friend and I had the porchetta (a rollatine) of rabbit on a tabouli-like grain with a splendid lemony sauce. So far so good; I mean
However, I should stop complaining because once they arrived, our mains were wonderful; my lady companions both had the rouget, which was inadequately described on the menu; it was in fact a cocotte of various seafoods and fish a top a paella-like rice with peas. I had the similarly minimalistically-described stuffed tomato - stuffed with cubed veal breast, zucchini, and mushroom on a bed of risotto - delicious!
For desserts we had respectively: an oeuf a la neige with banana/passion sauce, a lemon meringue tarte and a soup of strawberries and orange slices that set each other off perfectly.