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A little trip to France (Paris, Perigord, Pays Basque)


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A little trip to France (Paris, Perigord, Pays Basque)

toto | | Sep 25, 2007 11:09 AM

I am just back from two weeks in France , one week being spend in Paris and the rest on the road.

My two Pris find were memorable . First , Le Grand Pan in the 15iem was very , very good.

Benoit Gauthier , a 27 year old chef from the south west , who used to be a second at another restaurant , opened this little "meat" bistro at 20 rue de Rosenwald in the 15iem.

At dinner time , he prepares big portions of beef , pork or veal ribs cooked so perfectly that they dont need sauce. All his meats a from AOC. I've tasted them all and they were all suculent. Arnauld , the waiter , first bring you a soup , the same for evryone. One night was a gaspacho , the other night a crab bisque that was very good and earthy.

The meats a re accompanied by beautifull thing french fries that are mixed with a bit of sauté shalotte and some green salad. We got a side order of sauted wild mushroom. Deserts we all good , from the raspberry tart , to the chocolate cream.

For lunch , we had stuffed veal belly: a nice round pice of veal , stuffed with saussage and pine nuts, browned and then slowwly cooked in broth.

Bellow , a picture from "Le Grand Pan"
When we were there , the fourth item on the menu was brittany lobster cooked ala plancha , but the season is over and I think he now has St-Jacques.

Be sure to have a glass of Cerdon, a nice bubbly red as a aperitif. All of the wines are served in pitchers , from small producers.

All our meals at Le grand Pan were wonderfull , because of the food and because of Benoit and Arnauld who are very nice people ! A true find !

75015 PARIS
Tel : 01 42 50 02 50
Métro : Plaisance.

They other find is called Le coupe Gorge , near the Hotel de Ville. This is not a wonderfull restaurant , but a nice and inexpensive one nonethe less. The evening menu is 17E...very nice !
I had the foie gras with shesuan pepper ( 3E extra) as a starter , then a steak tartare ( the classic) and a tatin for dessert. All were quite good and for the price , very nice.

When in Paris , I alway get a nutella crepe at the crepe stand in front of the St-Germain church in St-Germain . Fresh and served with a smile.

We had macarons from Pierre Hermé and some from Laduré. Laduré won for us

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