La Vache et Le Cuisinier, Montmartre, Paris

We arrived on Easter Friday at 6:30pm without a reservation at this small restaurant a short walk from Sacre-Coeur, close to the bottom of the hill, and were among the first guests, but the place filled up very quickly and soon every seat was taken.

We shared a very smooth Absinthe “Un Emile” 68* verte, distillerie Les Fils d’E. Pernot, as aperitif and the razor clams as starter, which were very tasty and just the right texture.


As mains we chose duck breast with baby potatoes, vegetables and cranberry sauce, and stuffed saddle of rabbit with Bourgogne truffle, dark sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. The duck breast was very nice, even though maybe a tiny bit chewy. However, the rabbit was delicious, at the same time a hearty taste but with an air of sophisticated cuisine. The Bordeaux that was recommended to us by the waiter was pleasant and a good match to the meal.

Most of the time during our stay the service only consisted of two waiters for the whole restaurant, but they were very attentive, very quick, knowledgeable, and really made you feel welcome.

We shared an apple chip Millefeuille for dessert, which was a lovely finish to a very good meal. The bill was a reminder how reasonable the prices are at this restaurant with both mains under €20. We’ll definitely return. We’re also thinking about trying out the other two restaurants owned by the same guy in the same street, Rue des Trois Freres: Le Jardin d’en Face and Le Potager du Pere Thierry, we’re told they’re also very good, even though not quite as good as La Vache.

Looking for more Paris restaurant reviews? Check out our posts about L’Ange 20, Les Papilles, and Au Compteur du Relais.

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