Apparently the name 63° comes from being the perfect temperature for serving coffee – you learn something new every day! How did I not know this being addicted to coffee? It’s also a nod to their specialty of slow cooked meats in a traditional French style.
Located in the Northern Quarter, the interior is a modern Parisienne style in shades of black and red with leather seating, vintage style lamp shades hanging from the ceiling with French music playing softly in the background.
We were expecting good things after reading recent reviews and it didn’t disappoint.
They have a great selection of unique cocktails with a daily special of gin with cucumber and elderflower but we opted for a bottle of Melbec – a longstanding favourite.
I ordered the Saint-Jaques en compotee d’endives caramelisees to start – beautifully sweet scallops with endive. I can never resist scallops whenever I see them but I hadn’t tried or heard of endive. (It’s apparently a member of the chicory family which can be served cold in salads or braised) and it was delicious!
Before our starters arrived we were treated to amuse buche – tiny square sandwiches filled with cream cheese and smoked salmon, which calmed the hunger pangs whilst we were waiting for the next course to arrive.
For my main I chose Fillet de Beuf, risotto a la crème de fois gras – a thick piece of fillet steak with a creamy risotto, topped with two slices of fois gras and a side of winter vegetables. A mixture of all of my favourite foods combined in one dish. It was seriously good!
Always having room for a dessert I opted for the Crepe Souffle with salted caramel – loving both crepes and souffles and having a particular fondness for salted caramel I knew I would be happy with this choice. When it arrived I wasn’t disappointed. It was a delicately rolled crepe filled with a mousse-like custard cream – presumably the soufflé element, topped with salted caramel sauce. It was heaven on a plate! I personally could’ve eaten two of these crepes and wished there was a little jug of the salted caramel sauce – but I am a bit of a dessert hog especially when they’re this good!
Price range: around £6 – £14 for starters, £12 – £35 mains and £7.50 desserts.
*Since my visit they have moved to larger premises around the corner and I’m looking forward to another visit!*