Un Dimanche á Paris

This little upscale cafe is hidden in an alleyway in the Saint Germain neighborhood. 

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Aside from its beautiful patisseries, it is known for its Hot Chocolate. 

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Verdict: While the patisseries and hot chocolate didn't really wow me, it is a very pleasant atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon tea. 

Un Dimanche á Paris
4 Cours du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris
http://www.un-dimanche-a-paris.com

Pierre Hermé

After a not so satisfying lunch, we headed for Pierre Hermé…a patisserie heaven that ALWAYS satisfies. There's something about these beautiful pastries that just brighten up my day! 

I have taste-tested countless macarons in Paris and these are one of my favorites!  

Pierre Hermé
72 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
http://www.pierreherme.com

Fish La Boissonnerie

Super excited to have my foodie friend in town for the week!  So looking forward a week of good eats!

 We met up at  Fish La Boissonnerie for lunch.  My friend had been here on a previous trip and gave it good reviews. 

RAZER CLAMS

RAZER CLAMS

PEACHES, CHERRIES, AND ICE-CREAM

PEACHES, CHERRIES, AND ICE-CREAM

Verdict:  BBB+.  We both thought the meal was perfectly ok, but nothing spectacular. My friend said the quality of food was definitely better on his prior visit. He suspect that the restaurant may have changed its chef.  

Fish La Boissonnerie
69 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fish-La-Boissonnerie/156620904372928

Le Comptoir du Relais

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Paris!  No reservations are taken for lunch, so the trick is to get there early (right at noon) or just hope for good timing.  It is one of the few restaurants in Paris that offer continuous service.  Whenever I am in the neighborhood around lunchtime, I would swing by and check how long the queue is and hope that I get lucky.  

The menu here is extensive! And only in French, of course.  One of the reasons I started taking French lessons at Alliance Francaise was so that I can read French menus….and this is the menu that I had in mind!  

On this occasion, we started with their signature Egg Mayonnaise.  It was good, but at the end of the day, they were just hard-boiled eggs with a bit of sauce.

egg mayonnaise

egg mayonnaise

The foie gras, on the other hand, was amazing! I loved the smooth, silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture.  The sea salt and fruit compote further enhanced the flavor of this dish.  Pleasantly surprised by the generous portion size too.

Toast de foie gras de canard des Landes de Sandrine Paris

Toast de foie gras de canard des Landes de Sandrine Paris

The beef cheek stew with carrots was the dish I ordered the first time I dined at this restaurant years ago and it remains my favorite dish on the menu.  The beef chunks were very tender and flavorful.  The stew, which included carrots and macaroni, was hearty but not overwhelming.  

Daube de joue de boeuf coquillettes et carottes

Daube de joue de boeuf coquillettes et carottes

The braised pork dish that my friend got was a bit dense and salty for this summer day. 

The light, albeit slightly bitter, chocolate mousse marked the end of our lovely meal. 

Verdict:  AAA. This is one of my top recommendations for Paris.  I still have my heart set on experiencing the dinner tasting menu some day.  Unfortunately for me, the tasting menu is not offered during the summer months.  When it is offered (the rest of the year), the dinner reservations often get booked 3 months out!  One of these days….. 

Le Comptoir du Relais
9 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006
http://www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com/flash/us/