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Paris Review: L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Le P'tit Troquet

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Paris Review: L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Le P'tit Troquet

christian | Oct 8, 2005 09:14 AM

Was on business in Versailles for 10 days and made it to Paris. What a beautiful city! After reading the board decided on a lucnch and dinner spot.

Lunch at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the reviews looked fantastic and embarrassingly enough, even though I am quite a foodie (though I dont always pay attention to the names of chefs)I didnt know what I was getting into. What an amazing lunch. My French is minimal at best, so I had the server chosse some dished for me. Fantastic. The sushi style bar is fantastic for a solo diner. Started with a veggie app of stacked eggplant, tomatoe, zuchini, fresh mozz with a mint and parsley pesto-ish suace. Such simple ingredients turned out absolutely amazing and of course the presentation was wonderful. Followed with a bowl of fresh small prawns, cooked whole, with a simple butter, garlic and parsely marinade/sauce. Again amazing, simple but superbly executed. These prawns are what we refer to as sweet shrimp here in Maine, and at home I usually laborously peel and dehead them, but here I ate them whole. Fantastic. Thisrd course was a big ole slab of the creamiest, tastiest foie gras over a cannelli beans with some darkish reduction. Mind blowing. Again super simple and beautiful presentation. Fourth course was a poricini mushroom and whipped egg white dish, served in martini glass with the bottom filled with again a parsely, maybe some mint, puree. Raw egg yolk in the middle with some whole porcinis (i think they were porcini, maybe chantrelle?). Mind blowing. I repeat, mind blowing. The light texture of the frothy egg whites, infused with the wonderful mushroom, but still completely white. Stunning to look at, even better to eat! I could have had another! Dessert was a simple chocolate mouse, but as you guess, it was turned up a notch! Very nice meal overall. Wonderful service, very friendly patron on both sides of me, great wine 9 I had 2 glasses, not sure what as I had them pair the wine for me). A winderful lunch, probably the best I have ever had. Cant wait to return with the wifey! A bit pricey, but worth every penny, I mean Euro. About 120 Euro total.

After walking all over Paris - had dinner at Le P'tit Troquet. A small family run bistro, with what seemd like counrty french cuisine. Very friendly and accomadating especailly since I was dining solo. A simple salad of greens and parm followed by pheasant over wilted greens (spinach?) and some potatoe. Again, simple cuisine with wonderful service. Funky decor. The pheasant was a tad overcooked, but a nice change from all the tartares, crepes, salads, entrecote I had been eating all week in Versaille. Skipped desert. Overall a relaxed atmoshpere. Not sur eif I would return, but I would recommend.

See some pics from my trip, I took pictures of my lunch! I took alot of pics, so you will have to dig through to the food pics!

Link: http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=b...

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