La Cigale Recamier (dinner) to Paul's (casual lunch) - PARIS
Thanks to a nice couple i was sitting next to who spoke fluent french and fluent english, my meal was great from begginning to end. I speak broken french. I'm looking foward to another good meal and would appreciate some help.
Last visit, I had a white fish (not sure what it was called...lute, it was on the dinner special list ) and i shared a frois gras (which i would never have ordered w/o the help of the nice people we sat next to). I'd be happy to order the same but i don't recall the name of the fish or frois gras. Help please.
Suggestions welcome, any fish (but tuna) or chicken dish.
Paul's I been to on two different visits to Paris. On my first visit, the person i was with ordered a yummy open face sandwich with tomato,cheese and seasoning and a basic side salad came with it.
We went the next day and the person i was with ordered a salad w/triangle pieces of different types of cheese going around the plate. I distinctly remember the menu being in english in small print below the french as how else did we get so lucky with our order. But on our last visit, not english menu available and i asked for one in french?? Once again the people next to us helped us out. Guess i should have written it down, too busy enjoying myself in paris. I went to Paul's website, its a chain in paris with some locations nicer than others but we go to the same location everytime. The website was not helpful, sharing a fixed menu which is not what you get when u go there. Its just a regular menu. I was hoping to translate their menu, so i could order that sandwich or salad again but no luck. Help appreciated with this as well. Thank you.
Just a guess, but the fish ("lute") might have been "loup de mer", or sea bass. As for the foie gras, you probably just need to look for any one listing on the menu, since odds are there won't be two (although it's possible....I can't find the menu on-line). Was the dish you had served warm (sautéed) or a cold slab of terrine/pâté? As for Paul's, although it's a decent place for a chain, you could do better at Cuisine de Bar (8 rue Cherche Midi in the 6th), where they serve open-faced sandwiches ("tartines") on Poilane bread accompanied by a small salad (see http://tomostyle.wordpress.com/2009/0... ) . As for figuring out what all the French means, don't hesitate to ask your server for help, as he/she most likely will speak some English. Bon appétit!
boredough - Let me start by saying Yum! Thank you. RE: Poliane, feeling a little lost. Looking at the bakery pic's i have a memory of buying a small apple bakery item and raison item at a bakery i didn't take notice of the name and enjoying siting at notre dame. On my last trip, i did walk into a Poliane and just saw bread, no bakery items or lunch cafe? I was in the 6th arr.