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Lunch at Pachon


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Lunch at Pachon

Delucacheesemonger | Jan 6, 2010 10:10 PM

Trying to figure out a last meal or two has been difficult. Met a Vietnamese woman, young, beautiful and very happily married who wanted to do French so what the hell. Checked the Robuchons, and other top ones and located a restaurant specializing in cassoulet. Having two mediocre ones in Paris this last trip figured couldnot be worse and at least try a French restaurant here not fusion, but French. Wow. appearance thought was in auberge in Toulouse. All cutlery, plates, napkins, glasses were French, Flowers french style and beautiful. Were given a table for 6 for 2, with a little chair for the lady`s pocketbook. Huge fireplace with great chunks of wood ceremoniously thrown on as needed. Various cuts of meat cooked on grill in front of fireplace. Service was proper but fun. Amuse was a red pepper puree spiked with basque paprika(pimenton), smooth and flavorful. Entrees were a carpaccio of sea bream flavored with yuzu and olive oil and a salad with cepes, chantarelles and confit du gesier, now l tasted France. Plats were joue du boeuf, beef cheeks, in a madeira reduction, cooked exactly right and the sought after cassoulet. Who knew l would find a stellar cassoulet in Tokyo, it was indeed, large chunks of pork, lamb, and sausage with haricot des Tarbais cooked to a crispy exterior, it was a killer( perhaps in two ways), ate every drop. They then threw in a soup of rutabaga that was worth the trip alone. Followed by salt caramel ice cream and a perfect tuile, then at least 20 mignardaise, amazingly all perfect, for me favorites were a great caramel, a passion fruit and chocolate macaron, and a lavender piece of chocolate. Skipped the cheese tray with five french cheeses in good condition as getting full. Then espresso, that kept getting replaced as needed. This place blew my socks off. Not a missed note at any level. And it was cheap, yes cheap. This menu for the two of us with an absurdly expensive bottle of Badoit water( netted out at 1800 yen) cost a less than princely sum of 11,000 yen. Would have paid at least double in Paris and as this last trip showed would not have been close in quality. This was a super winner,a joy to write about.

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