The French are known for their love of and flair with food. Paris is filled with fabulous restaurants and last weekend I had the opportunity to eat at a few of them. As part of my prize trip to Paris we were treated to meals in Restaurant 51 at La cinémathèque, Les Bateaux Parisiens and Le Saut de Loup. All come highly recommended and the latter two are a tad on the pricey side so I certainly wasn't complaining.
We arrived at the hotel to a gift of Laduree macarons in a rainbow of beautiful colours. My friend and I sampled the flavours over the course of the weekend and we have another friend who is a big fan of these sweet treats so we decided to bring a box back home for her. It went down rather well too.
At the hotel, we were also treated to champagne and a selection of savoury and sweet finger food. Check out those fab meringues!
My friend chose the same main as me but went for the soup starter - it was potato, tomato and asparagus and again, I think she didn't need a main after it. Others in our party went for pudding too, but knowing there was a 3 course dinner on the menu I wisely resisted.
After an aperitif and a cute little olive muffin while we waited, I ordered the scallops to start. They came served in a green herb and chestnut sauce with spinach and it truly was one of the best things I've tasted in a long time. Creamy and full of flavour. I've never had chestnuts at all before, but I'll definitely be throwing them in a dish or two at home now and again. My friend went for the swordfish with sesame and coriander but with all the menus in French she hadn't realised it would be raw... I tried a bit and found it to be pretty delicious but my friend wasn't so keen.
For main I chose the fillet of beef with black truffle sauce and my friend went for the chicken in a foie gras sauce. I didn't take pictures as we've all seen what a bit of chicken and beef looks like. Our mains were accompanied with garlic, creamed mashed potato which was swimming in butter and lovely seasonal vegetables.
For dessert we decided it was best to go half and half to try two things on the menu instead of one. One dish was the restaurant's signature chocolate dish - the crousti bato, and the other gooey lemon and citrus tartlet. I did make the mistake of eating the grapefruit off the top in one go... what, it looked like orange?!
My friend had her eye on an apple tart the whole weekend and her eyes lit up when it was on the menu. The apples were beautifully caramelised . And I gave in and went for the chocolate melting pud which was served with a mango sorbet - it was the most amazing combination and one that I'll be trying to repeat at home myself.
Nom, nom, nom...