The menu can get quite adventurous with some traditional French dishes like Foie Gras, Sweetbreads, or Pigeon as well as more interesting preparations as you'll read later. Spring has one caveat: there is no menu. You eat whatever is chosen that day. They accommodate for any allergies or dietary restrictions but, for the most part, the meal is a surprise.
So, first, we started out with a Sardine Pâté. I've never heard of a Sardine Pâté and it sounds kind of strange but we enjoyed it a lot. Surprisingly, it wasn't too fishy. It was light, meaty, and salty. You could feel the crispiness of the scales too. The pâté was paired with some Crispy Buckwheat. It was a good combination and a delightful start to our meal.
Our next dish was probably my favorite. It was a Chilled Breton Lobster with Tomato Salad. The lobster was perfectly juicy and crisp. They also did a really good job taking out the lobster meat without crushing and tearing the meat apart. If you eat a lot of lobster, you should watch this video of Gordon Ramsey taking apart a lobster, while also demonstrating the art of seduction by means of lobster deconstruction. The tomato salad had some of the best tomatoes I've ever had. I don't know why but I've got a tomato obsession right now. Whether tomatoes are hot, cold, crushed, or sliced, each bite just revitalizes me a bit and blesses me with a few milliseconds of serenity. Spring gave us several types of tomato but one special tomato stole our hearts. It was called a Tomatillo, which is a round, green-ish tomato that originated in Mexico. It tastes like a hybrid between a green tomato and an eggplant. It was also very crisp, almost like a cucumber. The taste is sweet and fruity. All of this was dressed with a Lobster Roe Vinaigrette and some Baby Basil. Glorious.
Next, we got some Monk Fish Tail. It was accompanied with some Zucchini, Mint, and Green Curry. This dish was pretty solid. Have you guys ever had Monk Fish? I don't eat the fish much but I do have a lot of Ankimo, a Japanese dish made with the liver of the Monk Fish. It's like the Foie Gras of the sea. It's got a nice, rich, buttery taste with a gentle fishy taste. Most nice Japanese restaurants should have it if you want to try. Yo, but Monk Fish is the weirdest looking fish ever. It's semi-creepy. It makes me fear the ocean. It's the type of ugly where you can't stop staring. This fish looks like Jabba the Hutt. Regardless of how it looks, it's got a great personality. And by "personality", I mean "taste". Monk fish is a white fish with a lot of meat and muscle, kind of like lobster. The flavor of the meat is mild. The texture is chewy and tender.
The next course was pretty extravagant. It was a slab of Pork with a side of Eggplant. The chef proposed that the pork should be cooked medium rare. This scared us a bit but, since we are crusaders of culinary justice, we followed the house recommendation. It was amazing. When it came, the aromas of the pork went straight to my heart and cradled all my emotions. It was super tender and juicy, sort of like wagyu steak. Each bite was explosive. In addition, we were also served a large platter of Black Sausage and Chanterelles. Oh my ketchup! The sausage was so fatty and full of rich flavor. I could only eat a few of these because the flavor was so strong but I loved it.
Lastly, we got a few small desserts. There was a Nectarine and Ginger Jelly dessert that was my favorite. It was so refreshing after I ate enough Black Sausage to clog my arteries. There was also a White Chocolate and Blueberry thing with some candied Sesame bark. It was a good dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth. And, finally, we got a Milk Almond and Nougat Sorbet that helped us wrap up the meal. Also, I heard that the owner, Daniel Rose, just opened up a restaurant in NYC. It's called Le Coucou. The pictures look amazing so I'm going to take a trip down there one of these days.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you happen to try this in Paris :)
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6 Rue Bailleul
Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre, 1er, Châtelet/Les Halles
+33 1 45 96 05 72
Tasting Menu - For all first timers
Nectarine with Ginger Jelly
Medium Rare Pork with Eggplant
Sardine Pâté with Crispy Buckwheat
Breton Lobster with Tomato Salad
Monkfish Tail, Zucchini, Green Curry, and Mint
Black Sausage with Eggplant Confit
Blueberry, White Chocolate, and Sesame
Almond Milk Sorbet