08 October 2004

Paris choice

Arianna has asked me the list of places I took her in Paris but also I meant to do that list for a long time anyway. This is my best of for food, places and more. I should do that for Dublin as well, some day. And Vienna. And London. And and. But shuh! Let's start with my home. In few parts.

Part 1.A Restaurants. (The most interesting part)

Le Bucheron
14 rue de rivoli, Paris 1.
Italian. Fresh pasta prepared in front of you by the same cook as far as I can remember (a long time ago). Nice ambiance, cosy and busy. My favorites: the Mezzelune and the Gnocchi. Great tiramisu or coupe Amarena for dessert. Price for pasta dish: 11/12 Euros.

Le Vin des Pyrénées.
Rue Beautreillis, Paris 4.
French. Enormous selection of wine. Yummy food. I have been disappointed on a couple of occasions but never when I had the Moelleux au Chocolat, a dessert to cry for.

Chez Janou
Paris 3.
South of France. Booking a must. It is always crowded and you know why of course. It's good, very good and not expensive.

Brasserie du Pont Louis-Philippe.
Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe.
Paris 1.
French. One of my all-time favorite for lunch or dinner. Relaxed atmosphere and basic, yummy food. My favorites: ravioles, salade de queues d'écrevisses et foie gras, truite aux amandes. Cheap.

Chez Enzo.
Rue du dragon.
Paris 6.
Italian. The first time I went there, I cried over the menu. Because stupid as I was, I couldn't stand not understanding it: it was all in Italian and I didn't know a word of it. I was young and proud. Renaud helped me and I ended up trying the Strozzapretti di Abbruzzo. It's still that same dish I'm having every time I go there. It's simply perfect. Some other time, I have enough appettite to share the Pizza Bianca. The restaurant is not a pizza specialist or maybe actually they understood all about pizza: they only have 3-4 pizzas on the menu, they're small, and bare only few ingredients. What more can you need?

That pizza place on rue des Rosiers.
Rue des rosiers.
Paris 4.
Another kind of pizza. The best of the world. Some people have criticized me for using that expression. But why would I say it differently when I found my favorite pizza in the world? Just order the most simplest one: with tomato sauce and cheese. It's that way that you'll understand everything about it. Thin, crusty, sweet and salty. 9 Euros. Closed on Saturday (Shabbat).

La Perla.
Paris 4.
Mexican. I'm not an amazing fan of Mexican food except when I go to La Perla. It's subtle and has a nice atmosphere.

Sushi-Bar on Bd des Italiens.
Bd des Italiens
Paris 9.
Japanese. Not the best Japanese ever but I simply love to go there. It's quiet and the food is great. A nice stop for a heavy shopping day or when you come out of a nearby cinema at 4pm, slightly hungry because you saw that character eat all the time in the movie.

Krung-Tep
Paris 20.
Thai. Finally. Finally, an amazing Thai place in Paris. Thanks to Claire and JB for letting me know about it. I was getting crazy not to find any decent Thai food around. But this one has also the style and the decor. Long legs beware!

Tao.
Rue Saint-Jacques.
Paris 5.
Vietnamese. I know that Tao is just what I want about Vietnamese food. I won't say the "best in the world" this time because I don't have enough experience in that range. I will just say that so far, I haven't had better conception of Vietnamese food than at Tao's. It's a small restaurant. So book!

Au coin des gourmands.
Rue Dante.
Paris 5.
Indo-chinese. Or so they say. A mix of cultures: Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam for the most part. Amazing food experience guaranteed. The soups are so tasty. If you order a soup as a starter, then you have something coming-up for main course. Ah ah ah! What a joke. You won't have more appetite, believe me. Yet, of course, how was it possible to just stick to one dish when you read that crazy menu? I understand because I make that same mistake all over again. Can't learn a lesson.

Café Beaubourg.
Face to Centre Pompidou
Paris 1.
French and more. Some people say Café Beaubourg is too posh, too expensive, too this and that. For me, it's a great atmosphere, on the first floor, by the window, when winter is coming and it's 5pm. You're hungry - you might have skipped lunch for some reason. For 10 Euros, you have a great portion of foie gras with delicious toasts - who said it was expensive?
On the menu, there's is a tasty list of small dishes or bigger meals between 8 and 14 Euros. But of course, if you order one of their great cocktails, that's when the bill gets a bit more excited...

La créperie du Pécheur.
Rue St-André des Arts.
Paris 5.
Galettes de Sarrazin and crepes. Not the best ever but again, the galettes are very very good. The lunch menu is a classic and I used to take it when I was a student at the near-by Sorbonne on special occasion. My favorite crepe - to this day - is on the menu, the Kermaria and the dessert can be taken from the entire desserts list. A rare priviledge in the history of lunch menus. Especially with this dessert list. Yes, for 9 Euros, on top of the savoury galette and the bolée de cidre, you can also have that crepe with pear, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, apple compote and vanilla ice-cream! Or not. Your choice.

Le Père Fouettard
Near les Halles.
Paris 1.
French. They have an excellent foie gras to eat with a glass of excellent Coteaux du Layon. The place is nice and the service efficient. I like to go there. For my 26th birthday, or Numer's closing dinner, or other occasions, I mainly have good memories of that place.

This list is getting long and so is my appetite after writing so much about food. It's time to have a break. Next part: 1.B. Restaurants.

--Joëlle

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