Checked out La Christine for dinner tonight. It’s tucked away on a quiet street in St Germain. The menu is chef driven with interesting takes on classics like escargot and tomato salad. Overall cute place worth checking out.
Almost 90 degrees and humid today in Paris. To cool off decided to head down to the Seine and grab a cold bottle of rose and a pizza. The pizza wasn’t bad. A little too much cheese, but tasty nonetheless. Also grabbed a quinoa salad to go with the pizza. After dinner we headed over to Berthillon for a scoop of ice cream. Berthillon has the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Better than the gelatos I’ve had in Italy and better than the best San Francisco has to offer.
After L’As du Fallafel we picked up dessert to go at Yann Couvreur Patisserie in the Marais. Yann is part of the new guard of French pastry chefs. His take on classic desserts are creative and whimsical. Decided to make the Jardin des Tuileries my dining room for dessert. Not a bad view at all.
Stopped by L’As du Fallafel in the Marais for dinner today. I have yet to find better fallafel back home in the Bay Area. Got the grilled Merguez sausage to start and finished with the fallafel sandwich. Delicious. Comfort food no matter where you’re from.
Had to pay a visit to Yves Camdeborde’s Le Comptoir in St Germain. Known as the father of the bistronomie movement, Yves’ food is rustic with an emphasis on quality ingredients. I started with the foie gras mi-cuit. The portion was huge and came with a lemon jam. I had this dish my previous visit here and I proclaimed it to be the best foie preparation I’ve had. Well it still is. My wife had the Chanterais melon with Basque ham to start. For mains my wife ordered the Daube of beef cheeks (red wine braised) and I ordered the veal chop with summer squashes, basque peppers & olives. Everything was delicious. A must visit in Paris.
Dinner at Alain Ducasse’s Allard tonight. Located in St Germain des Près, Allard was founded in 1932 by Marthe Allard. Alain Ducasse took over the restaurant in 2015, keeping the decor and much of the menu intact. The food is classic bistro fare with fine dining execution. The service feels more like a fine dining Michelin starred restaurant than a neighborhood bistro. Allard has no Michelin Star, yet the food and service are at a higher level than some of the Michelin starred bistros back in the states. Double standard? Everything was delicious. My wife and I shared the Roasted Bourbonnais chicken for our main course.
Stopped by one of my favorite pastry shops in the 7th Nelly Julien. Small neighborhood shop catered to locals. Flan was amazing.