For over fifty years Le Duc has been serving fresh fish and seafood in Montparnasse. A favorite destination for discreet celebrities you can almost be guaranted that someone well known will be in attendance. On our visit, the French actor,Vincent Lindon, was there. I didn't intrude and neither did he.
Christophe,the charming manager, greeted us warmly and commanded deux welcoming coupes de champagne rosé.
As I scanned the menu, I stopped at the selection of raw seafood: Sea bass and coquilles Saint-Jacques. Christophe " assured" me that Le Duc had been serving raw fish before the Japanese.
M selected palourdes (clams) in a cream sauce with thyme. I dipped the garlic toasts that accompanied my fish into the delicious sauce.
From the cellar, Chrisophe selected a gem: a 2015 Chinon blanc from Chateau de Saint Louans
For a main course we both jumped at Rougets Barbets poêlés (pan-sautéed red mullet) à l’huile d’olive sauce piquante. Five fish accompanied by roasted fennel and anchovy butter.
For wine, Christophe presented a Meursault Cuvée Maurice Chevalier, very nice but we were still remembering the Chinon blanc, that we will definitely seek out at our local wine shops.
As for dessert, M dived into her mille-feuilles so quckly that I had no time to shoot a photo or taste, but she oohed sufficiently for me to get the point. My marron glacé ice cream from Berthillon was an excellent way to end a lovely experience.
Le Duc is not meant for the budget-challenged but there is a luncheon menu that will give you the Le Duc experience.
Menu de la mer
SERVI SEULEMENT AU DÉJEÛNER
Le Duc 243 Blvd.Raspail
Open Daily except Sunday and national holidays
01 43 20 96 30