For carnivores that desire simplicity, there are few places that meet that standard as Le Relaise de l’Entrecote, in Paris. The menu is deceiving as there is only one main course — steak and frites — and your choice is limited to how you want it cooked (normally a point, or if you are a true Parisian, saignant or bleu). With your dinner you get a salad, and after one serving of steak and frites, the waitress will bring you a second helping, gratuit (free).
The menu is thus limited to dessert, and the profiteroles — a puff pastry with ice cream, warm bittersweet chocolate served in a silver pitcher — are some of the best in the city. Your other choices are boissons — wine, water, and other drinks.
It is a great place to bring kids, as I did with my 13 year old, and the restaurant is not fussy about clothing — we were wearing shorts and t-shirts during the lunch rush. Nor are reservations required or accepted, though you may need to wait.
The decor is pleasant, the waitresses very efficient, and dressed smartly in those black dresses with white aprons. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, it is reasonably priced and highly reliable for a simple lunch or dinner out with kids, family or friends — casual is the word.