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Maison Sota -
We recently spent an anniversary birthday week in Paris. Herewith, some of what we ate...and maybe drank. We like to head out an hour or two early before dinner, for a long walk and a short apéritif. We're always able to find a little cafe/bar near where we're headed, and this night was no different. Ricard for Significant Eater, a bio Aligote for me, and then on to Sota.
Sota, as you all know, was the beloved chef at Clown Bar, and before that, Vivant. Now he has his own, quite lovely place, the only house on a street of apartments. You walk in to this giant room downstairs, where the host greets you and leads you upstairs. Once seated, the fun and food starts...I might add, I found the service at most every place quite wonderful; throw away any and all presumptions about Paris "waiters" that one may have!
The cooking was pretty damn good, and lovely ingredients made for some nice, imaginative dishes. For instance, that celery root dish - the slight bittersweetness of the roasted root plays off beautifully against the salinity of the urchin. The monkfish with the foie...you get the picture.
But there was also the lovely simplicity of the legumes. And maybe my favorite dish, the pork chop of my dreams. Cooked just past too rare, juicy, tender and delicious. This was shared. And the heathen that I am, I picked up the bone and gnawed at it to get all the juicy little tidbits. One or two servers came over to congratulate me on that move.
The wines we drank, all recommendations from the staff, were great.
All in all, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to suggest Maison.
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