Recently we were visited by some of our Australian friends and we decided to try a new place I had heard about through the grape vine. The restaurant was called “ The Place To” and given its obscure name there is not much information about it on the internet.
“The Place To” Restaurant is located on Avenue de Wagram at the bottom of the hill near Place de Ternes in the 17th Arrondissement. This street is a part of the spider webbed formation of roads extending from the Arc De Triomphe Roundabout.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is happy, buzzing and relaxing. We really enjoyed the décor of the café and could only be described as rustic with a touch of greenery. The vertical garden, old rusty monuments and eccentric wall arts were really easy on the eyes and well thought out.
The staff members were excellent, they were happy and talkative without going over the top and being intrusive. Unlike many waiters in Paris that want you to hurry up and make a decision, when I had a number of question about the menu our waitress answered with a smile and patience.
Both of our friends and Megan ordered the chicken burger with a side of chips and salad. The chicken burger looked fantastic and tasted just as good. The chicken was coated with crispy crumbs and placed inside of two soft tasty buns. The chips were cooked perfectly and were not too fat or not too thin to be classed as French fries. The ginger beer had the perfect amount of spice to it however I would have liked it to be a bit bigger.
My choice was a large pork steak covered in mushroom sauce and a side of mashed potato. The mashed potato was light and fluffy with a hint of pepper and something smoky which I could not put my finger on. Placed on top of the mashed potato was a yummy stick of grilled cheese. The pork steak was tender as well as juicy and the sauce was complimentary to both the steak and the mashed potato.
Initially when I read reviews about “The Place To” Restaurant, one of the negative aspects that popped up a few times was the lack of good wines. I can’t deny or confirm this accusation as i did not try the wines however I did love their Ginger beer.
The chicken burgers were more like a crumbed chicken schnitzel burger and it would be a really safe choice if you can’t decide what to order. If you are not sure of anything on the menu just ask, the staff were very helpful with explaining portion sizes and dish specifics. I admit that I did hold up the waiter with lots of questions and she still answered with a smile.
Grab some lunch at This Café/Restaurant, I will 100% recommend this to all our friends especially since it can be hard to find a non-touristy place to eat near the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. This restaurant has a medium price tag with dishes ranging from 10 to 30 Euro.
I will be giving this restaurant my first 5 out of 5 star rating. Honestly everything was perfect. The staff, food, atmosphere and location were amazing. It was a pleasure to review “The Place To” restaurant and we can’t wait to go back again.
Address: 47 avenue de Wagram, Paris 17e