Les Saison, Paris 9th
For our first night in Paris after a long flight and long day, we wanted to know ahead where we would dine. Paris bloggers praised Les Saisons on the Rue Lamartine and its Alsatian chef owner, as well as his charming wife who runs the front of the house, so we reserved a 7:30 pm table through Le Fork, and were not disappointed with our choice. We got an entree to share among the three of us, a terrine de pate de campagne du chef, a delicious introduction to food in Paris. Served on a square piece of black slate, apparently a fad right now in the city, it came with two flavored salts, cornichons, and a slightly pickled shredded vegetable that might have been a white carrot, plus crusty bread of course. The pate was very good. For entrees we had a Medaillon de veau paelle de giroles (mushrooms), an orichette with giroles (in season and yummy), and a filet de lomo de chicon with new potatoes and a smoked paprika sauce (pimenton espelette?). A sided ish was a delicious whipped winter squash. Dessert was gateaux chocolate. We also had a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet, and the total for all was a little over 125E for three. The atmosphere was lovely, the service good and friendly, and the food just inventive enough to be interesting but not precious. If you're in the 9th and the South Pigalle area near Notre Dame de Lorette, you might want to give Les Saisons a try.