Ambassade d'Auvergne

Restaurants, French 3e arrondissement
5 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

This rustic-style auberge is a fitting embassy for the hearty fare of central France. An order of cured ham comes as two hefty, plate-filling slices, and the salad bowl is chock-full of green lentils cooked in goose fat, studded with bacon and shallots. The rôti d'agneau arrives as a pot of melting chunks of lamb in a rich, meaty sauce with a helping of tender white beans. Dishes arrive with the flagship aligot, the creamy, elastic mash-and-cheese concoction. Among the regional wines (Chanturgue, Boudes, Madargues), the fruity AOC Marcillac makes a worthy partner.

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Venue name: Ambassade d'Auvergne
Address: 22 rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare
Opening hours: 12noon-2pm, 7.30-10pm daily
Transport: Metro: Rambuteau
Price: Main dishes €18. Lunch set menus €22/€33, dinner €33
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Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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The environment was nice as well as the food, especially the roast duck breast was excellent. However I can't say the service was satisfactory

Nine family members (youngest, age 11, and eldest age 77) celebrated a Paris evening in June, 2013. The 24 year old finally admitted that he had enough to eat (veal) and the youngest thought Paradise had arrived as they served the chocolate mousse, and then brought a second bowl. It is not Michelin 3 star. Go to those listed for that. It is excellent, hearty, regional service, at a price not requiring the ransome of the children, near the Pompidou. Don't miss the aligot, signature garlic-cheese mashed potatos.

I had possibly the worst meal I have ever had in France at this restaurant. The lentils were adequate-- greasy but saved by some nice bits of bacon; the terrne fatty and lacking any flavour or subtlety at all. We had three main courses; a sausage and aligote which as passable but very uninteresting. One small saugsage (for 16 euros?) and the aligote was barely warm, underseasoned. The navarine of lamb was dry, barely hot, and looked (and tasted) like it had been sitting around for a while and was served with boiled potatoes that might just as well have come out of a can. The seabass was over cooked and dry, but came on a bed of very good artichoke hearts. Desert (trois creme) was interesting but almost too subtle in its sameness. Service was kind but inexcusably slow -- made worse by the fact that the restaurant was practically empty when we arrived. Five stars? I had a better meal on the motorway earlier in the week.