I'm in a front room of the café-restaurant, and it's started to rain again outside. Two of the window-doors are open and the cars sliding by on the street sound like waves breaking. A few of the tables with placemats have small metal stools on top of them -- to be used for big hot seafood platters, no doubt.
The waiter asked if I would like a pastry with my espresso, and after serving me he has been pacing up and down, ready to attend to my every need. The coffee cup and saucer have black lines around the rims, and the cup has a drawing of a smiling waiter carrying piping hot food. I received a square of dark chocolate and sugar cubes in a packet featuring a representation of a sculpture from the Marquise Islands. The ashtray is black glass with red, black, and white horseshoe imagery evenly spaced around the side. The chairs are brown and beige-caned wicker and the round table top appears to be a multicolored slab of stone with a predominant light orange tint and a brass edge.
Pink and yellow circus tent lights with a bottom fringe hang from the ceiling. The floor is composed of tiles of varying degrees of gray stone with the grain perpendicular and diagonal to each other. They are grouped in sets of nine which are bordered by thin silver strips. Off-white curtains are pulled up to make a row of soft upside-down arches above the window-doors.
I have no idea what the main part of the restaurant looks like.
108 boulevard du Montparnasse
Phone: 01 43 35 25 81
Sugar: packet of sugar cubes
Bonus: square of dark chocolate
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