Since we were renting a studio on Rue Rivoli, we took the Metro to the restaurant at Rue Amélie. This street runs parallel to Rue Cler which is always bustling, with shops, markets, restaurants and people.
Catherine greeted us graciously and we just needed to mention that Penny had taken a cooking class from her, and we were immediately welcomed as family. She jokingly mentioned that it turned out to be "English" night as all her guests seemed to be from the States.
Chatting to each other between the closely situated tables only reinforced the talk.
What to order....always difficult when you want to experience it all. I opted for fresh pea soup with mint as my first course. Certainly a very good choice as it was absolutely delicious.
The Trout had a terrine centered with foie gras. Again, a very good choice.
My main coarse was osso buco which was perfectly done and very flavorful. She reminded me to eat the marrow which I did and enjoyed.
The Trout had beef cheek daube which was very tasty, extremely tender and beef cheeks is something you do not find in the USA. Both dishes excellent choices.
And yes, we were much too full for the desserts she offered. We had indulged in her beautiful hard rolls a little too much. There was also a nice bottle of red wine, very fairly priced for a restaurant.
Catherine's cooking at REED would be described as slow French country cooking. Definitely worth a visit while in Paris. The atmosphere itself is very inviting. Her kitchen is open to the dining room, beautifully organized and yes, I wish I could have taken a class from her. Perhaps next trip.