L'Equitable, 5th arrondissement
An amuse of two dips wth bread: cool and tangy cream with sharp bits of chive; jammy tomato, bright and sweet.
A firm but thin of sheet of pasta enclosing succulent snails, tender cubes of artichoke hearts, nicely joined by a dark sauce with large flavourful spots of olive oil, likely enriched with demi-glace.
Rosy duck breast, tinged with honey, envlied by a salty dip of evocative, clovely spices that remind me a little of Chinese seasonings. Neautiful perfume of herbs and perhaps lemon zest from two cakes of polenta, a light counterpoint to the duck.
Dessert is a delight. A tuile rolled around itself to form a cannoli tube tha holds a rich cream filling, luxurious texture yet lightas a cloud, gently tangy. A Ripe soft mango makes a lovely accompaniment.
35 Euros for dinner in an elegant, polished setting. I like Le Pre Verre a little more, but a lovely and worthwhile meal nevertheless.
Gerard Mulot, 6th arrondissement
The fragile shell of the macarons crumble at a touch, the fillings rich, intense, with just the perfect barest hint of chewiness. Standout among the 10 or so flavours that I tried: passionfruit with basil. Canele de Bordeaux looked great, didn't try unfortunately.
Paul, 6th arrondissement and branches at Gare du Nord
Surprisingly good pistacchio macaron, pure flavour, rich creamy texture. Perhaps not as refined as Gerard Mulot's, but satisyfing still. Pain au chocolat was decent, but nothing special, canele was poor. Reasonably good magret de carnard/duck breast sandwich, sweetened with beets.
Eric Kayser, 16th arrondissement
Bright apricot and pistacchio tart. Excellent crumb on the crust.
Le Dix Vin, 15th arrondissement
A competently made lunch, nice but not outstanding in my mind. Terrine de foie gras maison, is rich, full flavoured, mildly smokey, if a tiny tiny bit grainy. Confit de carnard is appropriatly heavy, the meat moist and heavy, with a lovely touch of roasted garlic on the side. Very soft pain perdu, osftly and gracefully flavoured with lavender. 25 euros, with a supplement of 4 or 5 euros for the foie gras.