Ken and I occasionally try to meet up with each other for a weekday lunch date. It’s only worked a couple of times, but we always talk about going to Le Relais de Venise for our date. I couldn’t make it up to midtown for lunch but did end up going there for dinner recently.
Le Relais de Venise is a restaurant that was shipped over from Paris – a cute concept where there are only female servers and serve steak (the only type of meat you can order) alongside their secret sauce and fries. It’s a nice place for steak frites and salads and their prices aren’t terrible, either.
We started out with the walnut salad that was pre-dressed:
And the server brought along our first serving of steak frites:
The steak is pre-sliced and comes with a secret sauce:
While you’re eating the first portion of the steak, the second portion is kept warm on the table nearby. When you’re ready, you get the second portion of fries, steak and sauce:
The steak is cooked very well (I ordered medium rare and it was a perfect medium rare when it came out) and the fries are crispy but a little too small to pick up with your fingers. The restaurant runs specials on their website all the time (something I realized after I got home) so if you check their website before going to lunch or dinner there, you might get a free glass of wine or a free dessert!