Last night I went to a restaurant in Le Marais called Auberge Nicolas Flamel and had their 5 course degustation with accompanied wines.
It was very enjoyable and really quite reasonably priced. The restaurant is in one of the oldest “houses” remaining in Paris. It is named after one of it’s long gone owners named Nicolas Flamel. I didn’t take photos of the courses as I was “worried” that it would upset them. There must be all sorts of places to dispose of touristes intolérables in a 600 plus year old house.
the first course was a potato and crayfish ball with the nicest parmesan biscuit and a shot glass of squash “soup”. I think this was a dish they bring out to everyone and was not included in the 5 course degustation
The second was Foie Gras topped with strawberry gelatine with toast. ( just normal wholemeal bread- no crusts). It was the first time I had Foie Gras and it was very different to what I had expected. It was so smooth and delicious . I had read good things about this restaurants Foie Gras and was very keen to try it.
Third course was scallops topped with salmon roe accompanied by a tiny bit of cauliflower cooked in tempura and a creme with basil. This was scrumptious.
Fourth course was a piece of Turbot on top of some butternut mash and a squash creme. I am not a big fan of fish. This did nothing to convert me. It was nice though.
Fifth course was a tiny bit of beef fillet with a celery puree , a sweet potato chip ( like a crisp) and a soya sauce gravy. The meat was so tender it didn’t need to be any bigger. I could have done with a bowl of sweet potato crisps/chips they were great.
Dessert was a hazelnut panna cotta on a plate with an almond cake topped with white and milk chocolate, a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and a gooseberry. Gooseberries are so yum.
I didn’t write down any of the wines but they were all very palatable. The red was divine.
I went early so it was not too busy. I would like to go back. If you are staying in the area I think it is well worth a visit.
Hmm, even if I ate meat, I would not have liked any of that. Except the sweet potato chip. And yes, I think a bowl of them would be good!
Yes, I do think of you when I posted how yum the foie gras was. Apparently they are nicer to the ducks now. There are lots of clothes here with bunnies and foxes and happy wild life on them.