Paris did not disappoint. We always return at least once to our favorite bistro, Le Scheffer, and then try something new. This trip we had a delightful meal at L'Ami Jean, excellent in value and in fun. We also enjoyed the "new" scene at Ze Kitchen Gallerie, which included eating the best gaspacho we had anywhere in the world.
We had a marvelous lunch at Le Chapon Fin in Bordeaux which is one of the weirdest looking places with its elegance set against fake old walls, but which serves an amazingly generous lunch menu, a great value at 30 euros.
Our disappointment was in Brittany, where we had looked forward to the Maison de Bricourt. With the exception of truly magnificent oysters, we found this the least interesting of the Michelin starred beauties we have tried. We were 8 friends for lunch, one of whom has celiac, and they managed, with all the staff and flourishes and in spite of careful explanations in French, to put cookies on her desert and then seemed annoyed when we explained they needed to remove the whole desert, not merely the cookie, and start it over. Last year, our Michelin delight was Cordeillon Bages and frankly it far out-performed Maison de Bricourt both in food and in service.
Nonetheless, every where in Brittany we ate mussels and oysters and fish and scallops that were simply superb, whether simply presented or tarted up. And in the Aquitaine, we sighed over the simple pleasures like lettuce from the market and strawberries that were like perfume.
So, as ever, our pleasures were great and our quibbles were few.