Here’s another establishment in the 6th arrondissement that has a Hemingway connection. It is also an eating/drinking destination and UFR friendly, (accessible tables à l’exterieur). I had intended have lunch at a certain lovely little bistro in the 6th on a Sunday afternoon, and was disappointed to find it closed. I was getting hungry and had no backup plan. I headed east along Boulevard du Montparnasse and recognized the big red awning and sign.
I was definitely hungry and ready to eat (or bite someone’s head off). I was installed on a long banquette snugged in by a small table. La Rotonde is a large place, but still the clientele are closely packed it. Strangers become dining companions. During my lunch hour (well, ok closer to 2) I had some delightful encounters.
My favorite “companion” was a gentleman I now refer to as Monsieur Meuniere because he ordered the <<Filet de Sole Meuniere>>. It reminded me of Julia Child. M. Meuniere liked Americans and was very knowledgable about our two Presidential candidates (Obama and Romney). We chatted about cuisine and candidates in a language I call Franglish (aka Franglais). I encourage you to try out your rusty French. I hope you’ll be rewarded by interesting encounters. Allons-y!