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Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris

April 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris

Short summary: Everything a ‘Bib Gourmand’ should be – would definitely go again.

Longer summary: An old fish market that has been turned into a ‘gastropub’ (according to le guide rouge), but I think this term does it a disservice. This is pretty much the perfect french bistro. Great atmosphere – plaster/stone and beams, a wine bar, close quarters but not too cramped – a great wine list, and in a superb walking district (around the corner from the Taschen store!).

We started off with appetizers of foie gras and scallop carpaccio, followed by mains of monkfish cassoulet and pan-fried scallops with carmelized endive. The giant-sized portion of foie gras was perfect – Petrossian would have been proud – although served with a camomile jelly that while delicious, if eaten together with the foie gras did overpower the delicate foie a little. The cassoulet was delicious, with the monkfish perfectly cooked – tender, full of flavour, and beautifully seasoned with a hint of curry.

A general rarity in cooking (more so in North America) – these people actually knew what to do with scallops. The main of scallops, served in a faintly-lemon-flavoured cream sauce were literally perfectly-cooked. Not rubbery at all and not tough – tender, and just on that razor-thin border between raw and overcooked – they were some of the best scallops that I’ve ever tasted in a restaurant. The delicious cream sauce with its faint tones of lemon was a beautiful accompaniment and the carmelized endive provided a bittersweet side that contrasted with the sweet/fatty notes of the scallops and cream.

Dessert – a delicate, wonderfully light creme brulee and an orange-lemon tart – both delicious. A couple of glasses of interesting wines during the meal from their extensive wine list – and just as the meal was worthy of the ‘gastro’ part of ‘gastropub’, the bill also met muster for such an excellent dining experience – 95€.

The 3-course prix-fixe meal was 36€ per person, and we also had the foie gras which added 3€ to the meal.

Highly recommended.
Fish la Boissonnerie
69, rue de Seine, 75006, Paris
Tel: 01-43-54-34-69

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