Steak Frites with Cafe de Paris Sauce
There is a well-known restaurant in the 17th arrondissement of Paris called Le Relais de Venise. This is where at the age of 20, I had my first Entrecôte served with frites (french fries) and Cafe de Paris sauce, an exquisite butter herb sauce. The restaurant only serves this one dish, along with a salad to start. Your only choice is how do you want it cooked. The flavor of the sauce goes exceptionally well with a grilled piece of beef, as anyone who has tried it can attest. Basically, what I’m trying to say is… IT’S DELICIOUS! Really really delicious.
To be honest, I’ve been working for years to try to duplicate this recipe. And up until now, it just seemed elusive. I never quite got there. There are many recipes online for the sauce, but they do not come close to the original. Many add ingredients that I’m positive are not in the traditional Cafe de Paris sauce, and therefore not what I want. I want an authentic taste. After a lot of trial and error, I’m happy to declare that victory is mine! I think I’ve finally found a formula that is very similar and in any case, absolutely just as delicious.
If you would like to read about the origins of this sauce, which comes from the Cafe de Paris in Geneva, here is the link: Chez Boubier
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- A handful each of fresh chopped parsley, tarragon, and chives (you may substitute dried herbs if fresh not available. Use about 1/2 to 1 tsp each)
- 6 entrecote steaks
- french fries
- To prepare the sauce, sauté the garlic in olive oil and butter for about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the fresh herbs and simmer on low heat, stirring, for another 2 minutes. The sauce should thicken a little. Turn off the heat and stir in the fresh herbs. Taste for salt.
- Grill your steaks, fry up your fries, and serve with the sauce! A green salad is a nice compliment as well. And don’t forget a nice bottle of red wine!