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Sep 13, 2010 12:08 PM

La Fee Verte, Rue de la Roquette

Can anyone recommend the food at the above?

I can find listings for La Fee Verte as a bar, apparently it (as its name suggests!) specialises in Abinsthe which I would like try. However, the listings also says it does food ... however I haven't come across many reviews of the food. Has anyone here been, & if so is it somewhere you recommend?

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  1. I was not under the impression that they served food. Perhaps a nibble or "blotter" to facilitate the absinthe tasting. They specialize not only in absinthe but in spoons, glasses, fountains, ephemera, etc.

    1. I too was drawn by the mystique of absinthe but have been disappointed by the real thing. Tastes like inferior ricard to me.

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      1. re: Parigi

        Hmmm that's what I feared. The only Absinthe I've tried so far was 'Toulouse Lautrec' bought in Prague (not sure if it was French made or Czech), and you're right it was very aniseed-like in taste. I was expecting the taste of the wormwood to come through, like it does in Moroccan tea.
        Will pop into Fee Verte but probably won't stop for food then ...

        1. re: kittaycat

          I was expecting to make great art, become desolute, go blind, the works !

          1. re: Parigi

            Much of the absinthe one finds is weaker than the stuff Toulouse Lautrec would have swilled and sweetened (that's why before there was all that faffing about with slotted spoons and sugarlumps).

            In Portugal you can, or could, find the old school variety. It gets you very drunk, very quickly.

            The Fee Verte café, while not disagreable, is a bobo joint like there are hundreds of in Paris - tartare of this, carpaccio of that, radio Nova, caiparinas, mojitos, tutoiment d'office...

            The OP may enjoy Chez Janou, where they serve hundreds of kinds of pastis - the drink invented to replace la fee verte - and some absinthes.

            1. re: vielleanglaise

              I have no need for absinthe. Pastis does a quite adequate job on me, thank you very much. ;)

              1. re: vielleanglaise

                My usual alcohol to take home is Absinthe from Caves Bossetti on Rue Archives that is 72 %. l make sure never to drop it on my skin. This is not sweet, contains wormwood root thus a decent quantity of thujone and renders me even more silly almost instantaneously. An old friend gave me a bottle of Pernod Absinthe from her mother's liquor cabinet in the 80's. The bottle was from the late 19th C. When that bottle was opened you could smell it 50 ft away. It was wonderful. This new stuff is very high alcohol but not as pleasing a drink.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  I had absinthe only once in my life and I think this stuff drills holes in your head. I'm in no hurry to have another one.
                  When Yves Camdeborde was still at La Régalade he had some absinthe and made me taste some. I just had had dinner with a friend who has, let's put it that way, a high tolerance to alcohol. We drank the stuff and it was just like an inferior pastis. Then we took a taxi home, I to my place, he to somewhere in the 6th arrondissement because he assumed he was not quite drunk enough.
                  The cab left me about 3 minutes away from my door but as soon as I was on the sidewalk I forgot where I was. For a few minutes I had great difficulty finding my way home.
                  My friend, though he was certain he was not drunk yet, called me the next day to tell me that he had been wandering in the neighborhood for awhile, not knowing exactly where he was and where he was headed.

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      I didn't but I could have flown to Tahiti and spent the rest of my life there.

                      1. re: Ptipois

                        You mean next time I go drinking with you guys I'd end up in Tahiti minus an ear? All exquisite excuses for one not to be found.

                        1. re: Parigi

                          Well, we'd have to keep the ear with us as a souvenir, wouldn't we?

                          1. re: Parigi

                            The ear would be the least important thing missing, but you would have great vanilla as a replacement

          2. Thank you all very much for your comments and recommendations, or in some cases warnings!