We stopped for a completely unplanned lunch here on our to the Pol Roger exhibition at Fondation EDF. It was the name of the restaurant that caught our eye, and a quick study of the menu revealed that it is indeed Soufflés they specialize in. You can start with their salé (savoury) soufflés and finish with a selection from their extensive dessert soufflés. On offer are three cheeses, mushroom, grilled prawn and a roast chicken with fresh herbs, tomato and mascarpone, and espelette pepper – which is what I went for. With their dessert options including , dark chocolate with chocolate chips and a chocolate fondant, their specialty soufflé of Grand Marnier with an orange preserve, and the salted caramel – which we loved.
Met their very friendly chef/owner who was happily mingling with the clients. On reading their reviews after the fact, I read quite a few that stated that it used to be a whole lot better, while it was still called the La Cigale Récamier, but that it has, since their name and management change, become a place that draws a mainly tourist crowd, and one whose standards have slipped. Having no prior experience to compare to our visit, we were very happy with the friendly and efficient service, and thoroughly enjoyed their chicken soufflé and one of their plat du jour, which was a grilled bar with vegetables.
Les Soufflés, 4 rue Récamier, 75007 Paris.