In a cookie cutter world, be a macaron…
If you are staying in Brunoy, France for any amount of time, don’t worry…you will find good quality food.
We stayed in this small community, outside of Paris for a week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The only time we were limited was on New Year’s Eve. Since it was on a Monday, a lot of the restaurants were closed as is customary in the Paris area. However, all of the bakeries and cheese shops were open.
This writing is just about the eating in Brunoy.
Now we had three small children, ages two, two, and one. As you can imagine, sometimes eating was a challenge and most of our meals were carry out, or as they say in Europe, “take away”.
So here we go…
My first purchase was a baguette baked with cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Good start to the day as we made our way to the train station to go into Paris.
Our best meal in Brunoy was at La Rotisserie, a classic French restaurant.
Our first course at La Rotisserie was a truffle-stuffed ravioli with a white sauce and drizzled with a balsamic reduction. This could have been the meal. It was so good and rich. However, there was more food to eat, as seen below.
At La Rotisserie, I had a duck confit with green beans. This was a really good dish but not my favorite of the night.
My wife had the best tasting dish at La Rotisserie, duck breast with raspberry sauce. This may have been the best thing I tasted all week.
Our mornings usually started with someone doing the eight-minute walk into the town center and getting fresh breads, pastries, and cheeses. All of these boulangeries (bakeries) and patisseries (pastry shops) make their breads and pastries fresh.
Almond croissants, chocolate au pains, round loaf of bread, baguette, and a ham and cheese baked bread, all bought from the local shops.
We had good Mediterranean food from Chez Dada.
We took home Thai food from Chez Lin. While waiting for our food, they brought us some assorted pickled vegetables of radishes, carrots, and cucumbers. A nice touch. I loved the shrimp in a red curry sauce.
This was one of my favorite stops in Brunoy. Nice and friendly with tasty breads and pastries.
We visited here often also. We found some nice chocolate treats.
I loved stopping in this cheese shop. The people were so friendly. When I couldn’t find the restaurant where I was meeting my family, one of the employers walked me to the restaurant.
When I had a chance for a little Big Surf Daddy time, I ducked in for a cafe au lait and a chocolate au pain at the Tabac across from the train station. This appeared to be local gathering spot for the men of the town. I also got some cigars here to smoke one night.
We had excellent sushi from Okayama.
The following are just some of the displays in Brunoy.
I don’t even know where this salmon slider came from but it was so good.
A very good wine shop.
We ordered take out from Restaurant Tajmahal. We had butter chicken, rice, curry vegetables, stuffed bread, and lentils. All were delicious.
On New Year’s Eve, the only restaurant we could find that was open was Lotus Bleu. It was a good find because it was so tasty.
For New Year’s Eve, I stopped for some wine, bread, and cheese.
The macarons above are from Delices et Gourmandises in Brunoy.
As I said earlier, if you find yourself in Brunoy, France as we did, there is a really good selection of good food choices. We had French, Mediterranean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Indian. One night we also ordered pizza and guess what?…it was good, too.
This doesn’t even include what we ate in Paris. That will be a later blog. Right now I am trying to get my digestive tract to accept southern food from the USA. Au revoir.