Spring, Premices, Pierre Sang and Le Cinq came out tops. Mr Desnoyer oozes charm. Lazare was fun but the food not quite our thing. Trip report as below. Thanks CHers!
Very nice progression (missing a lot these days but spring has that).
Scallops with cauliflower (best scallop dish we had this trip, the rest poor – what’s up Paris?) And don’t miss the wine pairing! It’s awesome.
CHEZ L'AMI JEAN (lunch)
7 huge courses for ONE mini degustation was more than enough food for two of us. But after serving DH’s main of roasted veal chop, the kitchen gave him 3 extra courses - including a salmon, palombe and creme brulee. When riz au lait finally came, we were beyond stuffed. As you can see, Chef Jego took real good care of us.
(Too full for dinner)
DAY 4 - Burgundy
LE CELLIER DE VOLNAYSIEN (lunch)
The simplicity of this restaurant was much welcomed after 3 days of non stop eating. Though it's my first time having oeuf meurette (love it, yum) I believe this is a nice, solid version.
MA CUISINE (dinner)
Food fatigue was beginning to set in - initially decided not to order the beef bourgignon but had a change of heart when we saw it at the next table. It was gleaming – like black gold! The sauce coated the meat beautifully, but the beef was not as tender as expected. Still, since other dishes we had were pedestrian, I say head straight for the Beef Bourgignon if dining here.
DAY 5 - Burgundy/Paris
AUPRES DU CLOCHER (lunch)
Under-delivered a little (when it came to the mains) but still generally good.
Duo of foie natural and with pinot – v good. Protein mains superbly cooked (kept all the juices intact ) but marred by too much going on in the plates. Nice ending with famous mousse d'époisse and well-conceived desserts
Interesting that it is such a lean outfit - manned by just 2 in kitchen and 1 FOH.
Seared foie gras cooked PERFECT – wished they got rid of the pumpkin mash under it. DH’s pigeon was stunning. (I want to eat it again!). Scallop done two ways was a lil disappointing. Scallop lacked taste and one of the mash was too sweet. But overall, highly recommended. Go!
HUGO DESNOYER (lunch)
Mr Desnoyer is so charming! We also learned an important lesson that day. Ordered a Faux fillet for one and asked for “medium rare” but it turned out medium. Apparently I should’ve asked for saignant. They graciously replaced it and Mr D even treated us to dessert. DH’s tartare au Couteau was ok, but we preferred the steaks.
(Too full for dinner)
JACQUES GENIN (“lunch”)
Started the day with Pierre Herme Croissants – serious yum. Trooped to JG and ordered the praline mille feuille but I think chocolate shd be better. And do not, in the world, miss the tart citron!
Somewhat disappointing. Started off nicely enough at the bar with a great terrine but went downhill. Moved to tables and maybe our fault with ordering and limited understanding of the French menu but our starters were uninspired (celeriac “coleslaw” and deviled eggs). Mains felt heavy. But restaurant had great vibes. Fun, busy place.
LE CINQ (170e autumn lunch)
So 11 nov was a bank holiday (we didn’t know) and to our horror, the 110e set lunch wasn’t available. We stayed and boy, no regrets. Nice progression to the meal (impt) and yes, we asked for the famous lamb shoulder and got it. Special mention to the pre-dessert of grapefruit sorbet tt looked like an onsen egg- its bitterness and citrus flavours just THE THING to reset yr tastebuds. Brilliant.
If we were to nit-pick, only the scallop sashimi on one of the dishes was pretty tasteless, but nonetheless fresh. Oh, and we bumped into Jonathan (the sommelier at Spring) having lunch there on his off day!
It was a wonderful trip. Thanks once again to u guys for helping make our trip a success. We hope that our report can help others in their planning.