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Reporting back: L'Agrume & KGB


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Reporting back: L'Agrume & KGB

chez_isaac | May 23, 2010 12:21 PM

I wanted to report back on these two places after eating there yesterday and Friday.

First, L'Agrume: we opted for the tasting menu, 6 courses, 36E (or was it 37? Came out to 89E for the two of us with 4 glasses of wine). First was crab meat with a tomato puree called a gazpacho which was fantastic, by far the best dish of the evening. Second was a small but delicious dish with white asparagus, potatoes and red onions. Third was a a poached fillet of sole with peas which was good and fourth was Angus beef with carrots. I'd say we loved the first dish the most, second a bit less, third a bit less and fourth, well, fourth :-)

Two deserts, both great: a pannacotta with strawberry sauce on top and strawberries with a pistachio cream.

One thing that we noticed was that 90% of all the diners spoke English and everyone ordered the fixed menu. And I mean everyone: at some point we saw the chef poached 8 fish simultaneously! So my question to you Parisians: when tourists (i.e. one-time eaters) take over a restaurant so completely ordering only the fixed menu - doesn't that "kill" the restaurant for locals? After all, the locals can no longer get a reservation in a timely manner, can't review the place, can't revisit or recommend it to their friends. What do you think?

Second up, KGB. Truth is, we started off at Ze Kitchen Gallerie. Their website says a discovery menu of entree, plat "a la plancha" and dessert costs 35E, which fit our budget. However, after sitting down we were surprised to see that the menu costs 76E (!) with entrees at around 22-24E and main dishes at around 40E. We got up and walked up. At the entrance they asked us why we were leaving. We said politely that we misunderstood the menu from the web site and they agreed that it had changed.

So, we walked down the street to KGB and had a great meal. We ordered a a pasta and their set of 6 "amuse bouches" - both were fantastic and exactly what we were looking for: fresh ingredients that we can't get at home with interesting combinations: salmon/ginger ravioli, fish croquette in spicy pepper sauce, crab-meat, kumquat with a shellfish (sorry, forgot which one), carpaccio, and a cold apple soup. For the main dish, both of us ordered fish, monk and cod, and both were fantastic with wonderful sauces I wish I knew how to make.
We shared a dessert of strawberry ice cream which was great. All in all, our favorite dinner in Paris.

Getting ready to enjoy our last day in Paris tomorrow. Anyone know of a good place by the Madeleine for dinner tomorrow? (It's Monday... sigh)

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