We landed at Orly West and had time to catch lunch before boarding our connecting flight. We walked past the usual depressing array of shops plus bars and coffee shops. The latter two had limited seating filled with people who had finished their food and drink but would not budge until their flight was called.
Then we stumbled on an oasis. Red Hippo, light and airy with its high ceiling, many windows, waiter service and clean empty tables. This was for us. A waitress soon appeared with menus. It appeared to list a selection of burgers, so we ordered an “original” one each. I guessed that we might be getting something nicer than a burger when the waitress asked how we would like them cooked. The “originals” soon arrived and, sure enough, they were not burgers but delicious charolais steaks in a burger bun and the usual trimmings. The steaks were both tender and tasty.
We were dry after our incoming flight. My half litre of Pelforth wheat beer hit the spot and a medium red wine and mineral water did the same for my wife. Airport catering is never cheap. The bill came to £46.60. But we left Read Hippo well fed and relaxed.