If you are on a limited budget and feel you can’t leave Paris without tasting duck, Au Petit Sud Ouest is the perfect stop. A few blocks from the Eiffel Tower, the small, family-run restaurant serves two things: duck and foie gras.
The restaurant is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible, spacious toilet. Warm and welcoming, the owner greets you at the door of the small shop that sells the foie gras, duck products and the wine served in the restaurant. Beyond the boutique is the restaurant that has a calm, soothing vibe.
Predictably, but so quaintly, a pair of ducks are etched in the bulbous wine and water glasses and decorate the napkins. Each table is equipped with a toaster so the foie gras can be spread on perfectly warm, toasted bread.
Start with a foie gras appetizer. I prefer mi-cuit (semi-cooked), but cru (pan seared) is also available and done to perfection. Two can easily share a 100 gram portion of foie gras and it comes with bread that you can pop into the toaster and retrieve with a pair of wooden tongs.
I chose a white wine for the meal recommended by the owner and really enjoyed a crisp, Sauvignon Blanc from the Cote d’Gasconne (Domaine dé l’Herré). If you prefer red or don’t like Sauvignon, she’ll suggest a nice wine from the southwest for you. If you really like it, you can purchase a bottle in the boutique to enjoy later. Non alcoholic beverages are also on the menu.
Main courses include Duck a L’Orange, with a subtle orange perfume flavored sauce; duck leg in red wine sauce, which is creamy and melts in the mouth, crispy fried duck with mushrooms, savory duck breast and a variety of other duck inspired dishes. All come with sliced potatoes that are a specialty of southwest France. All the meals are perfectly cooked and succulent.
In all, the restaurant provides a great French gastronomic experience at a fair price. You can eat extremely well for between 25 and 40 euros, depending on how much wine you drink and which foie gras and main course you chose. The main course pictured cost 15 euros.
Another benefit is its location, not far from the Eiffel Tower and makes for the perfect way to cap off a visit to the most famous symbol of Paris. It’s a good idea to make a reservation: email@example.com or call +33 (0)1 45 55 59 59. Address: 46 Avenue de la Bourdonnaise, Paris.