Paris recap from last week
I went with a Paris first-timer last week for 4 days. So, my mission was to hit some of the favorites and mix in some things I haven't had before.
Mary Celeste - Was hoping for happy hour oysters, but was disappointed to find that "they were not in season." We had a couple cocktails each, which were interesting and good. We enjoyed the courgette dish very much.
Cafe des Musees - Headed here since we couldn't fill up on oysters. We got my favorite seat (at the bar), as we were early, but without reservations. Got the classics, steak tartare and the steak frites. Solid as always, and also enjoyed the raspberry tarte (with a crust that tasted like those butter cookies in blue tins).
Angelina - Went here because a friend from work suggested it, and honestly, once I saw there was hot white chocolate, had to go. Hot white chocolate was rich and good. Also figured I should get the Mont-Blanc, which was good, but I don't think I'd go back just for that.
Chez L'Ami Jean - lunch - I got the soup, and couldn't finish it all. They were nice enough to give my friend a bowl for himself so he could help me finish it off. He got the risotto, which was like soupy rice, and different from the risotto with arborio rice. Still good, but not amazing. The pigeon w/ sweetbreads and the braised beef were good and hearty (but maybe a little too salty for me). He got the trio of fig desserts (or something like that), which were ok. I got the riz au lait, which was delicious, but I always just end up spooning the salted caramel straight, which is the best part.
Les Papilles - lunch - We were filling up by this point, but I still hadn't made it here in all my time and trips to Paris, so we went anyway. Just got the main course, braised lamb w/ vegetables. It was the best meal we had during our stay.
Julien (St. Martin) - My friend had couple tartlettes from here. He really enjoyed them, and I thought the white chocolate tarte was perfectly not too sweet.
Gosselin - Almond croissant was delicious, pain aux raisins was dry and disappointing.
Breizh Cafe - dinner - First time here. Crepes were probably the best I've had and really enjoyed them. I got the provencale, and my friend had the chorizo (which looked like pepperoni, but was still pretty good). Anchovies on a crepe was new for me, but really enjoyed it. I also got the pear w/ chocolate for dessert. And since my friend hates anchovies and pears, I didn't have to share. :)
L'As du Falafel - late dinner - Went here for an easy meal and to enjoy a throwback from my grad school days.
Never ended up getting oysters, since I got sick on the day I planned to go to Maubert for them and when I saw the seafood, I felt even more ill. Somehow, magically, I was able to enjoy some comte and tomme de chevre from laurent dubois, some jambon sec from a couple doors down, and a baguette from Eric Kayser.
Hm. I've been at Mary Celeste with and without oysters and didn't really miss them.
There are other places for oysters within a 5-min walk, including someone selling them outside the supermarket if price is a factor. But it's much harder to find a bar with an alternative to cheese/ piggy products and MC's cute bright tart veggie- and fish-based small plates fill that gap very nicely for me. Nice folks running the place too.
Sorry for the late reply (was busy moving from New Mexico to Chicago)! Thanks for the information and feedback on the oysters. That explains a lot, and hopefully next time I'm in Paris, I will be able to enjoy some.
Last year, I also was not able to thank the France board for your help. So a very late thank you for your help in fall 2012. I ended up breaking my arm (long story), and had to cut my trip short and never got to thank everyone or report.