We passed in front of Le Bateau Ivre so many times that I really wanted to try this place. If you wonder what the name of this restaurant means, it refers to a poem written on 1871 by Arthur Rimbaud, that describes the drifting of a boat lost at sea.
We went there on a Friday evening and the place got packed fairly quickly, some people at the bar even dancing to the rhythm of the loud music (I should say unfortunately loud...).
It is a wine bar with an impressive selection of French wines, red, white or rosé. I decided to order a glass of Bordeaux, Graves Chateau Haut Selve 2014.
For sure, I was looking forward to get escargots that were deliciously prepared in a butter and garlic sauce, so good that I could not resist dipping some of the bread they gave us...
Then, I went for duck and admit that I hesitated with duck confit and magret that is duck breast. I finally decided to go with the confit that was served with potatoes and mushrooms smothered in a thick gravy a bit overpowered by the large amount of herbs in the plate. But I admit that the duck itself was sublime: the skin was slightly crispy and deliciously fatty, and it was not too salty.
Jodi went for one of their tartines and picked the brie and honey one, made with poilane bread.
For dessert, we decided to get their mousse au chocolat as we already had a tarte tatin that week. The mousse was pretty good, served with whipped cream on top. It was dense and very chocolatey.
We had a good dinner at Le Bateau Ivre and I would not mind going back there. My only complaint is the noise level that was a bit high...
Enjoy (I did)!
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