We did it! After two and a half months in Paris, my fellow classmates and I can officially throw our hats into the air as we graduate from Basic Patisserie.
12 Rue de l’Amiral Roussin
I realized that I would never be able to catch up if I wanted to blog about all the places I found amazing in Paris so here goes the massive food gallery! I tried not to overlap the photos with some of my previous posts. Enjoy!
Joey Wong ♥
Le Jules Verne
La Tour Eiffel
5 ave Gustave Eiffel
01 45 55 61 44
I’ll be completely honest. Le Jules Verne for lunch was not too great, besides from the view. Though I have never dined at any of Alain Ducasse’s restaurants previously, I heard great things about SPOON in Intercontinental Hong Kong. Walking into Le Jules Verne, I had my expectations sky-high. After all, I’m dining at the restaurant on Le Tour Eiffel.
After walking into Le Jules Verne’s private doorway, we had to pass through airport security before we were let inside the elevator towards the dining area. We ordered from the prix fixe lunch menu, thinking it would be another great meal.
Feeling like being the risk-taker that I’m normally not, I decided to order all the dishes that I normally would not order. This was mainly so our family could try all the different dishes offered on the menu.
I decided on the following:
- Appetizer: Cold boned chicken and duck foie gras, purslane, toasted country bread
- Entree: Saddle of farm rabbit, tender potato and Swiss chard
- Dessert: Baba with Armagnac according to your choice, lightly whipped cream
The entrees. The fillet of John Dory was better than the rest of the entrees but still, it only passed the mark by the margins. The entrees were extremely disappointing. Starting with the chicken, it was dried and jerky. The rabbit was not too bad but since the waitress said the French ate a lot of rabbit, I was expecting a bit more surprise to it rather than something that tasted along the lines of chicken.
At €90 per person, it was much cheaper than expected but I would prefer to try their dinner as opposed to their lunch.
Joey Wong ♥
3, rue de Montfaucon,
75006, Paris, France
01 44 41 10 07
Tucked in one of the small alleys in St. Germain, Paris is Huitrerie Régis. Though small and not a place you’ll pass by on your way to the shopping areas, it’s definitely worth a visit. After waiting with a bowl of Tom Yum Kung in the Thai restaurant right next to Huitrerie, they were finally opened and already packed.
We managed to squish into a table for four in the packed restaurant with barely enough space to get around in. We realized that there was a minimum of a dozen oysters per person but here’s the thing. If you’re there with a group and it’s not likely that you can eat a dozen oysters each, you can order something as substitute. We placed an order of shrimps (more expensive than a dozen of oysters) so we didn’t have to stuff a dozen oysters each.
It takes a while for the platter of oysters to get to your table but you’ll notice that Huitrerie Régis is more of a family-run type of business. There’s only one man shucking the oysters. They were probably opened for only about half an hour and the man is already sweating from shucking away for all the oyster-cravers.
While we were still waiting for our platter, a decent line has already formed outside of the restaurant.
The oysters were the best I’ve had throughout my trip in Europe. We went to a couple that the locals as well as food review sites recommended but they were just not as good.
We ordered the Fines de Claires, Speciales de Claires and the organic shrimps. If I remember correctly, the Speciales de Claires was way too salty for my liking. However, I can give you my word that the oysters were very, very fresh.
Joey Wong ♥
Paul Salon de The
(Sorry, I honestly don’t remember and cannot understand French well enough to find out the address for the specific store we went to!)
Just so you know, this post is killing me. I’m having a serious dose of Parisian croissant nostalgia and there’s another half an hour to go before lunchtime.
Walking into Paul was a bad first impression. It was early in the morning before we made our way to Versailles. We were told to wait for our maitre d’. We were left standing for a good ten minutes before we were eventually seated. Turns out, they only had one waiter working that shift serving a room filled with tourists, all eager to get their hands on the famed croissants.
Words can’t do fresh-out-of-the-oven Paul’s croissants any justice. It was warm, crispy, soft. A mixture of pure bliss. It was that moment when the croissant entered my mouth that I remembered why my friend told me even if I’m not a big fan of croissants, I HAVE to try croissants in Paris.
After coming back to Hong Kong, I have to say the short trip to Paris has turned me into a croissant lover. However, I’ve been disappointed with the croissants I have tried so far. Ironically, I don’t have an image of their croissant here. To be completely honest, I ate it before I realized I didn’t have a picture.
Joey Wong ♥