Food: I love it. But I don't like eating out all that much because it seems like a waste: 1) waste of money, because dang, son the mark up on restaurant food is ridiculous, 2) waste of an opportunity to cook because that's the real fun of it, and 3) waste of showing off my #cookingskillz, because most of the time, I can make the food served at restaurants myself (you know, with time).
I made a reservation for dinner a month in advance, and I was so excited to get to the restaurant tucked away in the corner of the 1er arrondisement. Quick story: I accidentally went at the wrong time. The reservation was at 7 (19:00), but I thought it was at 9. It was a stupid mistake, but the hostess was amazing made it work! Seriously, though... I felt really dumb.
Here's what we were served on the tasting menu:
Apéritif: we ordered some champagne. We were feelin' a little fancy ;)
Sea bass (I think) with peas and peanuts and a very zesty vinaigrette. The fish was nice and fresh, with a good chewiness of the tendons (TMI?). All the flavors worked together to really showcase the fish. A very delicious start.
Warm skate with caviar and some kind of sauce. Their sauce game is on point! The bitterness of the artichoke heart and the freshness of the cucumber combined with the saltiness of the caviar really made the skate pop. Plus, bread and the most delicious butter! So so so good.
Then (I think this was my favorite): lobster and carrots in a carrot, lemon, ginger jus that was foamed to just the right consistency. I may or may not have eaten spoonfuls of the sauce. Plus, the lobster was perfectly cooked and so buttery! Also, the parsley was fried (my sister hates parsley, but she chowed down on that ish). Oh man, I could have eaten that lobster for dayz.
This duck tho! Crispy crispy skin over a tender portion of meat plus the meatiness (can I say that about a vegetable?) of the white asparagus made me fall in love. They also poured over a Madagascar chili sauce over the duck, which was super yummy- it tasted like a thick, less salty version of a soy sauce that had a slightly sweet and spicy kick to it. The white asparagus was also covered in a thinthinthin slice of pork belly. In my opinion, it could have done without, but it was still delicious.
This beaut you see in the blurry picture above (and to the side in the picture above it) is a dish duck and mushroom with (you guessed it) literally the most amazing sauce on earth. I think there was garlic and parsley in this, but honestly, I don't care what made it taste this good. That bread was killer, and came in handy to soak up all those juicy saucy goodness.
Dessert came in the form of three courses
First: lemon sorbet on a bed of praline. The lemony tartness of the sorbet was refreshing and a real treat after the heavy duck course, and the simple acidity echoed of the tart sauce of the first fish course.
Second: strawberries with a white chocolate cream and olive oil. I don't know how the strawberries were this soft while still being palatable and quite delicious. The softness allowed it to meld with the white chocolate cream and the combination just melted in my mouth.
Third: rhubarb tart. Rhubarb is weird in that it looks like celery and tastes nothing like it. This tart was so good- the crust was so buttery but caramelized and it just was crisp but not too hard. Perfection.
The winner of the night: the butter tbh. But actually, me, because I got to eat all this food.
Is there a point in telling you all of this? Probably not, but you can live (or eat) vicariously through me.
All the best,