Our Paris week starring Le Taxi Jaune, Verjus wine bar, Le Mary Celeste, Cuisine de Bar, Maison Blanche, Konitoraya, Dans les Landes, Breizh Cafe and Les Enfants Rouges
- macdog Jun 3, 2014 12:56 PM
We have just returned from a spectacular two weeks in London, Paris and Puglia, Italy. I thought I would finish my report on Paris and consolidate what I have already written on a previous thread. Hopefully this will help anyone searching for info on a particular restaurant. Sadly, my recollection on our last 2 days in Paris is already rather sketchy but I will try to remember as much detail as I can.
Had a great dinner at Le Taxi Jaune the first night. It wasn't very crowded but we got there around 8:45 and didn't leave until 11. Everything was very good and made to order, but it took awhile. We started with white asparagus and croquettes of escargot and then I had delicious Guinea fowl stuffed with goat cheese and bread with a delicious sauce. Others at the table had Lapin with mustard sauce, puff pastry with minced meat and sea bass with a langostino sauce. One person had two starters-a delicious looking vegetable soup and a crab tart on a bed of lettuce. We had two bottles of white from Loire Valley and bill came to around 190 euros (there were 5 of us). Excellent start to our week.
The next day we had a good "emporter" lunch from Verjus wine bar and ate it in the Palais Royal. The fried chicken and lamb sausage with carmelized onion sandwiches were delicious and the view was priceless. That evening we were off to Le Mary Celeste for drinks and small plates.
Le MC was sublime. We had all the small plates on the menu. The standouts were the Thai salad with lots of lime and mint, tacos d'epaule de porc (spicy!), oeuf du diable and a crudo de lieu Jaune that was delicious. We had a bottle of La Sauvignonne that went well with the food.
The next day we had a very satisfying lunch at Cuisine de Bar in the 6th. Artichoke soup and open faced ham and cheese (a delicious rich St. Marcellin). My companion had tomato and basil. Perfect for the cold rainy day we had that day. That night we went to Maison Blanche for work event, banquet food (duck was pretty good) and the view was spectacular.
Our next lunch was pork and miso and vegetable Udon at Konitoraya on Rue Villedo. It was amazing and as good as the shrimp tempura Udon I had in London at Koya's. I will definitely be returning to try some of their other udon dishes on our next visit. In the meantime, I will have to check out some little Toyko spots in LA to satisfy by new Udon obsession.
Sadly I could not get a reservation at Chez Denise for our Thursday night dinner. My fault because I waited until Thursday morning to contact them, but will try them next year. Instead we went to Dans Les Landes in the 5th. We sat at the high tables and enjoyed the atmosphere, food was good but didn't wow me. We had calamari, duck hearts, spring rolls, Gambas and a few other items that have slipped into the black hole of my aging cortex. I think that the small plates at Mary Celeste wowed us more, but I will go back to DLL and try again next year.
Our last lunch in Paris was at Breizh Cafe. I had wanted to go over to Canal St. Martin area for lunch, but our son and girlfriend were catching 2:30 TGV to Barcelona and we needed to eat somewhere closer to our apartment. All the crepes were good, mine was a tomato, asparagus (so much good asparagus on this trip), egg and chorizo crepe that was delicious. We had some good cider with the meal and enjoyed it all. It is very touristy and next year I want to try West Country Girl, but it is a good spot for lunch or even a lighter dinner.
Our last dinner was at Les Enfants Rouges in the haut Marais. We had to take a very early time, but it was fine because we were off to Italy the next morning via a flight from CDG. We started with the pate de campagne which had an extra cost of 15 euros. It was delicious with small sweet pickles and a jelly that was slightly spicy. Probably could have eaten that all night, but I moved onto salmon quenelles that were very tasty with a crunchy something in them (that's a technical foodie term for I can't remember). My main was duck and my husband had a stuffed squid. Both dishes were sublime. We had a bottle of Sauvignon (I'm a white wine drinker, so rarely order reds). We finished with a cheese plate and a desert of chocolate and fruit gelato. A really good meal and I hope to return next year.
Odds and Ends of the trip. We also have had Cappucino/crema at Telescope on Rue Villedo (decent), at The Broken Arm in the haut Marais and Cafe Loustic on Rue Chapon (both excellent). Our son and his girlfriend ate at Metropolitan in the 4th and had a good meal. They described the main course (which they shared) as ribs and mashed potatoes. Sounds intriguing. They did say that service was a little odd and they felt like they were rushed through their meal. We have eaten there before and always enjoyed it, so I was sorry to hear of the service issues.
This is my second edit and I threw a bunch of pictures up. First is guinea fowl from Le Taxi Jaune, then some small plates from Le MC, udon bowl from Konitoraya, crepe from Breizh and last 3 from Les Enfants Rouges.
Had a great week and loved many meals. Food in Puglia was amazing, but portions were huge! I appreciate the more modest portion control in Paris. Thank you again for all the help on these boards. The French board is far and away the best CH information source. All of you are stars!