I've passed by this café many times and never glanced at the menu. It just looks like your dime-a-dozen Paris cafés, great for a quick expresso or a happy hour drink with friends, but not necessarily known for the kitchen's skills. One day I was walking by and noticed the enormous salads dwarfing the tables, and made a mental note to myself to return. Last week I finally did, and boy am I glad. I can safely proclaim Le Plomb du Cantal the best place for salads in Paris.
Le Plomb du Cantal has an entire page on the menu dedicated to salads, ranging from the basic to the decadent, and all with reasonable prices (avg 11-15€) for the size: the salads are a meal in themselves, even for hearty eaters. I got my favorite, a chèvre chaud, which was the usual green salad and tomatoes, covered this time with thin slices of jambon de bayonne, and 3 entire rounds of melted chèvre on toast. Perfection. R. got his usual, the Périgourdine, which included magret de canard and gizzards. The summer specials, with fresh melon, also looked very refreshing.
The invasive terrace, taking over the sidewalk in front on the neighboring stores, affords great people watching opportunities, and you are practically shadowed by the Porte Saint-Martin. While the service is what you'd expect at any café, you're sure to find something you like on the gigantic menu.It's too warm right now for aligot, but I can't wait to come back here in the winter to try it with their steak.
Le Plomb du Cantal
4, bd Saint-Denis
01 42 08 01 11