Little Sparrow Dinner at Le Piaf, Friday 29 June 2012
At the moment, when one thinks of France, the thoughts are usually of badly-behaved footballers, an irritating small ex-president with a pretty wife and a new president who is curiously named after a yellow sauce. At least, those are my thoughts (not Sylvia's) but then my mind does tend to wander in odd directions.
But all is not bad in the Francophile world - there are, er, well, the cheeses, the wines and of course, the bistros. And one of the finer bistros in Berlin is named after one of the finest singers the country has ever produced, Carla Bruni. Just kidding - Carla sings like my cat after eating a bad sardine. No, I mean of course Edith Piaf - the tiny, tragic, talented Little Sparrow.
Anyway, to cut a short story shorter, we will be dining at Le Piaf, Schloßstraße 60, 14059 Berlin on Friday, 29 June. The place is actually somewhere between a restaurant and a bistro and it won a special prize for their garden, so summer is indeed the best time to check out this really lovely establishment. The website is http://www.le-piaf.de and from there, you can see that one can order small or large portions, so you can sample more dishes if you wish. It is not expensive at all but it also isn't the cheapest dining in Berlin - and importantly, the wine list looks pretty respectable. And perhaps, if you have a really really (really) good imagination, one can perhaps imagine that outside the restaurant is Versailles instead of the Schloss Charlottenburg - maybe a bottle or two beforehand might also help.
So please do join us for our little June dinner flight to France if you can - however, please make your bookings by 21 June latest and we will confirm your place(s) by 25 June. There's not much time as the dinner is on Friday 29 June so please put the date down in your diary now. And, er, that's it!
Chris (on behalf of Sylvia)
How it went on the night...
We got a great table in the garden for our dinner and we had reasonably good luck with the weather as there was a thunderstorm later on but we were safe and pretty cosy under the parasols.
The menu was a good mixture of French bistro favorites and I can only assume that everybody enjoyed their dinner as they were pretty busy stuffing their faces. I had a fabulous and generous fish soup and after that I was already so full that I hardly managed to eat my flamkuchen. All the other dishes looked also pretty good so I guess this visit won't be my last time at Piaf. The only downside was the service. We had to wait quite long for our courses but the overall dining was making up for it.