First we eat, then we do everything else.—M.F.K. Fisher
Before I begin, let me proclaim that I am not a chef, or a writer of culinary persuasion, or an expert of any kind in the food services. I am however one who loves to eat and try new foods. This is about some of my favorite things I tasted in Paris. My wife and I spent a week in this iconic food city and we ate well.
One thing about our food experience we did not count on, was the effect of the temperature on our appetites. As I had mentioned in a previous blog, we were in Paris during the first week of July and it was hot and humid. Because of this we weren’t in the mood for a lot of heavy and rich food. However we still found things on the menus that were quite good but a little lighter than we anticipated we would eat during the week.
We never met a pastry in Paris that we didn’t love, so we loved pastries every day. We had chocolate au pains at Coquelicot in Montmartre. We had a really good croissants, cheese bread, and almond triangles from Poulain near the Eiffel Tower on Boulevard de Grenelle.
WORTHY MEALS…in Paris, really??
The first day we met some friends at Chez Casimir for Sunday brunch, near Gare Nord. This was a wonderful beginning to our eating itinerary.
I had a delicious crostini topped with smoked salmon at a small cafe near Hotel Invalides. I’m sorry I can’t recall the name of the cafe, but really…just pick an outdoor table anywhere and sit down, a great meal awaits.
I mentioned the chocolate au pains at Coquelicot, well their Quiche Lorraine was also very good.
We had a very relaxing stop at St. Georges Square and sat at an outdoor table for a light meal. My wife had a crepe and I had an assortment of cheeses and breads at A La Place St. Georges.
I had the best sushi in my life on rue Balard at COKIsushi. They had a sweet soy sauce that was made on sight. I was not able to get the recipe for the sweet soy, but it is worth a return trip just for the soy.
Probably the tastiest dish eaten was served at Bistrot Beaubourg in Pompidou center. I had a simple plate of fresh sardines on tomatoes with olive oil and basil. My wife felt it was a little too fresh and went with chicken. The service was not the best here, however. I realize the cafe culture allows the patrons to sit and relax, a foreign concept to most Americans. This waiter just ignored us even when we got his attention that we were ready to leave, but it was an ignoring that didn’t seem rude.
We had a very good dinner one night at Cafe Eugene near our hotel. My wife had a tomato and basil gazpacho, which was very tasty. I had duck confit atop mashed potatoes and arugula.
One day we grabbed some quiches, some marinated salad, and macaroons for a picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens.
Near the Eiffel Tower, we had a good meal at Le Petit Suffren. My wife had been looking for chicken crepes and finally found them on the menu here. I had another simple dish of mozzarella on tomatoes with pesto.
My dining goal in Paris was to find some cafes and bakeries in various sections of the city and circle them on a map. If we happened to be in those areas of the city when it was time to eat something, we would search them out. This worked on some days and other days we didn’t feel like searching. I felt like we didn’t go wrong in any place we stopped to eat, everything was very good. My wife had one dish that was “just ok”, which is her way of saying she should have had something else. I had no regrets. You can’t go wrong eating in Paris, unless you are searching for average food.
Best tasting meal of the week.
This place served my favorite dish.
A La Place St. Georges.
A good cafe near the Eiffel Tower.