Saturday, January 28, 2012

Back in Paris

After getting the bus down the mountain to the town of Annecy we had a 4 hour journey on the TGV to Paris for our final 2 nights.  There were had a marvellous gastronomic run.

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In the inflight magazine when we flew to Geneva there was a story on Les Papilles (the tastebuds) .  A bistro built around a great wine cellar.  An the wines in the bistro were shop price plus €7 per bottle.  So you can imagine one man was very keen to try the place out. 

We arrived at 7:10 and were the 1st people there.  They seated us and within 5 minutes all the unreserved tables were occupied and people were being turned away.  The menu was set – no choice – and what a menu it was.  The owner recommended a bottle of wine and we were away. 

Mr I’m-not-keen-on-fish devoured the starter of smoked haddock and lentils with a wood mushroom soup. Of course the abundance of cream in the soup helped with his aversion to fish.

Next a copper pot was delivered to the tables with Blanquette de Veau. It was divine (and super creamy :-) )

A slate of goats cheese, chilli and black olive came next.

The finale was a caramel topped pannacotta. 

I think we caught up on any shortfall of cream in our diet in one meal.  But the portions and timing of the courses were such we did not feel we had over-eaten and the quality of the food and staff was superb.

A nice aspect was that the courses were delivered to the table in a serving bowl and we dished up to our plates.

For €31 each (plus wine) we dined like Kings.  Highly recommended!

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