On one of our slightly more leisurely days in Paris, my husband and I decided to explore a few of the Grands Boulevards, or covered galleries between the 9th and 2nd arrondissments. We were poking around Passage Jouffroy specifically when we both decided we were peckish. As it happened, we walked out onto the street and I saw the strangest sight: a restaurant facade that reminded me of a Victorian-style train car protruding out onto the sidewalk at the end of the gallery!
The name of the restaurant is, appropriately, Victoria Station. It looked so interesting we decided we had to try it out for lunch. After all, the Vytopna train restaurant in Prague had amazing food, so maybe this train-themed restaurant did too! The decor was so kitschy and fun, with velvet-upholstered seats and fringed lamps dangling overhead. Each section felt like a separate train car. The booths even had baggage racks.
The menu leans heavily toward Italian fare, such as pizza and pastas:
Mark ordered a calzone, while I opted for the spaghetti bolognese. They also had several gin-based cocktails on the menu, which isn’t a very common sight. Gin-based drinks aren’t always the most popular, but somehow fit with the Victorian theme. Needless to say, we each ordered one to try. Mine had Cinzano in it, if I recall correctly. (I failed to take a photo of the drinks menu listing the ingredients. I was just so excited to try one!)
The meals themselves were just the right size for lunch portions. I loves me some carbs!
The food was quite good. Mark really enjoyed the calzone, which actually had a raw egg in it! You’d never catch me eating that, but he insisted that it was one of the best meals of the trip. I felt the same way about my spaghetti. The chef was very generous with the ground beef in my bolognese, and the seasonings were just right.
In fact, we enjoyed our meals so much, that our waitress convinced us to order dessert! It’s rare we ever have the room to order dessert, so this says a lot. We ended up ordering one order of profiteroles, and asked if we could split it. Our waitress came back with two plates, each with one profiterole and a generous scoop of ice cream. At first we thought she made a mistake and gave us two orders. But no, she said this was one order split in half! Profiteroles, for those who don’t know, are basically cream puffs. These were dripping in dark chocolate sauce with vanilla ice cream on the side. They look huge, but the pastry was lighter than expected. So we actually finished everything on our plates!
This was definitely one of our favourite meals of the trip, and we would highly recommend them, at least for lunch. The restaurant address is 11 Boulevard Montmartre, but it’s easy to spot, as it’s directly across the street from Musee Grevin. And it’s the one that looks like a train car. 🙂
Address: 11 Boulevard Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France