4 days in Paris. Nonstop eating and drinking. Here's the lowdown:
CAFE TRAMA - Croque Monsieur for lunch. It came with truffle salt, which often can be a little much, but here, just right. That said, were I to have it again, it's a dish to split with someone. Super rich but with a white burgundy, delish. Friendly service. Jammed by the time we left. Locals, not alot of tourists.
FRENCHIE - Dinner was astounding. I didn't think I'd love this place as much as I did. Service was the perfect blend of friendly with professional. Cosy, tiny place. One course more interesting than the next. The photos tell the story better than my words can, I think. The sea bream dish was light and fresh. The burnt eggplant that came with the other fish dish was particularly unique and delicious. The almond parfait with cherries combined 2 of my favorite flavors.
PATTISSERIE VIENNOISE - Nice breakfast and not touristy. Friendly counter help. But not spectacular. The lemon curd chausseur was the highlight.
LE BOULANGER DE LA TOUR - I stopped for an almond croissant, having been a little bit disappointed with my selection of strudel avec fromage blanc et cerises at the prior shop. Croissant redemption. My favorite of the trip, in fact! Flaky and light with just the right amount of almond inside, lovely browned and shatteringly crisp outside.
L'AS DU FALAFEL - I thought it was going to be Marais tourist hell. And it was touristy. No doubt. But I have to say that the falafel pita was worth it. The combo of smoky eggplant, loads of perfectly crisp but moist falafel, soft pita, and crunchy cabbage, and tahini all made the cheesy video of falafel making and other associated silliness melt away.
ARNAUD NICOLAS - Dinner day 2 was, by far, the culinary low point of the trip. Service was brusque and inattentive. We were stuck in a back corner of the second room even though the place was half empty. The duck and pistachio pie with pear jam on the side was quite good, and the italian charcuterie plate was enormous. But the mains we had (lieu jaune with quinoa, chicken with some sort of aparagus and peanut) were adequate but not remotely memorable. Pretty blah, in fact. And the baba au rhum about which I'd read raves....It was fine. I've had better. I didn't find there to be much of an ambiance to the place. And it absolutely wasn't on par with our other meals or a destination restaurant. In fact, our lunches at Cafe Trama and Jeanne B (which will be reviewed in Part II) far outshone.