Forgive typos and spelling ---typed quickly before I forgot...LOL!
First off---thanks to everyone who was so helpful in giving me suggestions, advice etc and making it a really memorable food experience. I hope I can pass on some new places and tastes that I found along the way.
Air France----the food was pretty darn good! I had chicken fricasse with rice, a chocolate cheesecake, seafood and orzo salad, and some camembert with bread. The breakfast was ok with some yogurts, granola, breads, etc.
1st stop--- Astier. Overall I thought it was very good. The service was a little surly, but I found it endearing and I liked that they really could have cared less that I was struggling with translating some of the menu items. I started with an amazing ravioli dish rich with butter and cream, chives, and cheese. My partner had the escargot salad----very garlicy and nice. For my entree I had the scallops---which were served in their entirety (orange stuff included) They literaly melted in your mouth. It was accompanied by a rice pilaf. My partner had lamb kebobs with frites. This was not very good. The lamb was tough and the frites were some sort of strange steak fry. Then comes the cheese tray where you take as much as you wish---and there is a lot to choose from. It is a lovely selection--- I only wish you really knew what you were choosing. It is a real treat and worth a trip to Astier. I think the dessert was really---amazing here---truly. We had the pots de creme and a chocolate ganach/mousse layer cake that was floating in a coffee cream sauce. The pots had a creamy/ milky (please f someone knows what this was---tell me) side dish that you poured into the pots ---delicious!
Dinner- L' Epi Dupin
This is a wonderful place buslting with energy and while some people say it is full of Ameericans---we found most of the guests were French with the exeption of our neighbors who were Spanish. We both began with black sausage and green apple wrapped in phyllo and fried. It was delicious and had a sweet froth to accompany it. For my entree I had the chesnut incrusted cod....which was very good and very clean. The flavor was very low key and mild....some may have found it bland. My partner had the buoef... it was an amazing dish of beef atop the creamiest, yummiest potatoes you have ever tasted and then finished with a dollop of horeradish ice cream on top. For dessert we had chocolate souffle with chesnut ice cream and a take on pots de creme--- (we really like pots de creme).... it was covered in a vanilla pistachio froth. The atmossphere, meal, service, and value were all superb!
The next morning we grabbed a croissant and cafe and then headed down Rue Cler. What a food delight...the fromegerie, the butchers, seafood stands. There was a prepared food market where we split a quiche and a morel stuffed broiche as we strolled. Throughout the rest of the day we stopped in ever choclatier known to man.... tasting truffles here and there. We grabbed a sandwich in a cafe, which I can't remember the name of---down the street from LA Massion de Trufferie---which was a lot of fun to look around in, as was the caviar shop beside it.
One of my favorite finds of the trip was down from our hotel on Saint Sulpice....Gerard Murot. It was a beautiful patisserie that we enjoyed everything from petit fors of quiche, cheese cups, mini brioches to delicios desserts. It is a beautiful place and everyone was so friendly and helpful. We visited there several times on our stay. That afternoon we walked Rue di Bici to visit the beautiful food shops there. WEll worth a stroll.
Dinner that evening was at La Trufferie
which I wavered about a little, not sure how it would be. We had a really amazing time. It is a very romantic restaurant with a great deal of charm. The staff was extremely warm and really seem to care about your food experience spending a lot of time discussing the specifs of the dishes and answering questions. We both had the tasting menu and the sommelier did a wine pairing for us that was exceptional. We began with a turnip and truffle cream soup. The chef brought out a brocolli and rice puree to start and each we had a walnut, shaved truffle, and truffled cheese salad. For the fish course I had red striped bass with truffled black rice and my partner had monk fish over truffled grains. The bass was like butter. It was perfect. The next course was a beef with truffled scalopped potato (the beef flavor was wonderful--the cut was a little tough) and for me duck leg stew over a mash of poatoes and truffle and toppped with foie gras. The cheese course was a real spctacle..... a huge cart rolled out and we could choose from about 75 cheese or they made an eight cheese sampling for us depending on our tastes....we ent with that. The cheeses were amazing, but what was better was the time spent on explaining them to us---the region, the process, the style, the pairings..... It was the best part of the meal for us. And I will spend my life in search of a runny sheep's cheese from the Montpellier region that was accopanied with honey. A warm vanilla pudding with passion fruits was served before dessert and dessert was a chocalte mousse cake, citron plaintain, lime and mint sorbet, and a carmael and rice pudding. As I write this I realize the wine list is at home but the pairing of each course was really perfect. Our reservation was at 8:30 and we left arounf 12:30. It was a delightful evening and I was really glad I made the choice to go there.
The next day was a taste sensation....
In The Marais Rue de Fallafel IS NOT TO BE MISSED! amazing and caviar aubergine from fickelstjan's (spelling?) were just incredible---transporting! All on Rue de Rossiers. Dinner that evening was La Fontaine du MArs, which I just loved. We had an endive, jambon salad topped with goat cheese and a crab salad on toast points. For entrees we shared chicken stew with morel cream sauce and a pork medallions in a medlyof mushrooms over pasta. Dessert was a strawberry pie simple and sweet and delicios and the Fontaine du MArs for me......"The Floating Island". I founf this restaurant warm and inviting---almost the quintessential comfort food.
Ah---Paris---I can't wait to return and hit all the restaurants I missed this time.