I finally made it to Le 6 Paul Bert last week for a dinner with my husband’s cousin who lives in Geneva. We actually had not seen her since our wedding over two and a half years ago! Pretty pathetic considering how close Geneva is. But it was nice to catch up and a good reason to grab a reservation at the tiny Le 6 Paul Bert – sister (or brother or whatever you want to call it) to the famous Bistro Paul Bert.
I’ll be honest, I’ve only been to Bistro Paul Bert once before right when we moved here and I do not know whether it was because my level of French was much worse off than it is now or if it was because the menu just seemed to be meat after meat after meat, but I was not in love with the place.
Yet when I read reviews about the new venture, it seemed to have a menu a little bit more my style and was using vegetables more than the original.
When we arrived Philip’s cousin immediately said to me, “I know why you chose this restaurant! They have kale here!” I laughed and replied that I had no idea they were using kale but was not surprised since the availability and distribution for restaurants has really picked up.
Bettina had never tried kale before and was eager to try the dish (lamb with onions and kale) to see what all the buzz was about this vegetable which I have made my life’s devotion (hah).
Great things about the kale at Le 6 Paul Bert:
-they actually call it kale on the menu!!
-a beautiful leaf accompanies the lamb and the flavors from the meat mix will with the neutral, earthy kale taste
-they also snuck a few leaves into their turnip salad which was incredible and I highly recommend
Annoying things about the kale at Le 6 Paul Bert:
-I had Bettina ask the waitress what kale is, etc since 1)while she knows from me, it is an honest question that I’m sure the waitress receives quite often.
-Her answer left much to be desired, “It’s a chou.” Bettina pressed further and the waitress said, “It’s green. Something asiatic.”
I of course almost jumped out of my seat in defense of the beloved old world vegetable – native to Europe – but Philip kept me down hoping for a night where his wife did not go on and on to a waitress (who probably doesn’t care) about some boring cabbage. So I didn’t say anything and just enjoyed an evening of kale and good family company.
Le 6 Paul Bert
6 rue Paul Bert, 75011
+33 01 43 79 14 32