Thursday, September 9, 2010

Aventures de manger à Paris

Dining in Paris can be tricky, hence the title Adventures of Dining in Paris.  Despite what you think, not all bistrots and patisseries are created equal, and on top of that, some are terribly expensive for what you get.  After all of the research I did on where to eat in Paris, from lavish 4 starred restuarants to tiny bistrots and cafes, here are the places where Mike and I had memorable meals.

L'As du Fallafel - Everyone knows that you can't miss a stroll through Le Marais without stopping at this place first.  The lines are crazy, but worth the wait.  The guy keeping order outside is entertaining and the people lined up are all hungry and eager.  Mike and I waited for a table inside and it took about 15 minutes.  The inside space is much larger than one would expect and there are quite a lot of tables.  We ordered two fallafel pita sandwiches and two Heinekens.  Service is swift but friendly.  The fallafel is moist but not soggy, the eggplant is super tasty, as is the spicy sauce that they place on the table.  The sandwich is huge and hit the spot.  The price is also right at 7 eur a piece. DEELISH!

Le Timbre - Highly recommended by my favorite ex-pat David Lebovitz, this tiny bistrot is definitely worth paying a visit to.  It only seats about 30 people and most of those people are sitting VERY close to one another.  I'm talkin elbow to elbow!  The service is friendly and the food was fantastic.  It's three courses and you order all three at the same time.  To start, I had wild mushrooms with Spanish ham sauteed in garlic and butter, my entree was beef cheeks with sauteed carrots and leeks and my dessert was fresh whipped cream and custard inside a waffle cone like pastry.  It was divine.  Mike started with foie gras which was perfect. Creamy and delicious with perfectly crisped toasts. His entree was pork and for the life of me I can't remember how it was prepared, just that it was cooked to perfection.  He ended with the cheese plate which was an amazing thick slice of cheddar and a tiny glass of sherry. DEELIGHTFUL!

Laduree - What can I say about Laduree? Macaron heaven and pastry paradise. Lovely store and restuarant and the macarons are out of control good. We tried pistachio, coconut, raspberry, mocha, chocolate, lemon, rose, caramel with salted butter, red fruits, coffee, vanilla, and bitter chocolate.  We also got the Le Divin pastry as well as the Saint Honore Rose Framboise pastry.  Both were incredible.  No words can describe. DEELECTABLE! See for yourself...

Last but certainly not least was our meal at Spring.  American chef Daniel Rose's fantastic restaurant.  Spring deserves a post of it's own, so that's what it will get.  Are you salivating yet?  Just wait...

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