Khéma’s signature dish is all about flavour and tradition, laced with a little gallic je ne sais quoi. The Steak-frites Café de Paris is an iconic dish that blends a generous portion of rustic, hearty indulgence with a slice of true French elegance. But notwithstanding the name, like other iconic French dishes [could link to the croissant story], its true origins lie across nearby borders.
Steak-Frites Café de Paris was first popularised in 1930’s Geneva and is composed of three essentials: the steak, which you are free to do with as you wish, though the tradition is an entrecôte (rib-eye), the frites, which at the time were a seriously luxury food, and the sauce that is the heart of this deceptively simple dish. The original sauce from the original Café de Paris restaurant remains a trade secret to this day, and is still distributed under licence to restaurants across France and elsewhere.
Determined efforts to reverse engineer this sauce have been made and dismissed over the years. However, others have found fame by putting forward their own version of it. One of the most famous of these is the Le Relais de Venise in Paris, and now also in London, New York and Mexico City. In the same style as the original Geneva Café de Paris, Le Relais offers one dish only, though does make a concession so that you can order a side salad to go with your Steak Frites with the Famous Sauce (and their dessert menu is about 30 items long!). As a result, Parisians have been forming orderly queues (Parisians! Imagine) outside their door for more than 60 years.
We’ve created our own delicious version too, rich, with plenty of butter, cream, herbs and other flavourings, served on the traditional platter with a generous serving of crisp, golden French Fries. It’s one of our favourites, and if you haven’t tried it yet, then we don’t doubt that it’ll quickly become one of your favourites too.