I spent a week in Paris. Some great food some bad food. I thought it would be best to compress it all into one post. So, here goes.
Battle of the Macarons. Pierre Hermé vs Ladurée
This long debated subject has been settled as far as I'm concerned. With Piere Hermé as the clear winner. Ladurée seemed to lack that explosive something, and was actually a bit dry.
Caramel fleur de sel
Assorted, including Caramel Fleur De Sel, Rose, Olive Oil & Vanilla, Cafe, Pistachio, and a few others.
Though I think they suffered an embarrassing loss, Ladurée's design efforts are greatly appreciated. points for that.
Caramel Fleur De Sel
The Croissant at Ladurée may have been the best I've had.
I'm not sure how to organize this. So, alphabetical I guess.
Angelina Cafe (in Versailles)
I had Angelina on my list for their hot chocolate, but I came across the one in Versailles by accident, and it just happened to be lunch time. We opted for the snack bar and had the following:
Parisien Sandwich. Ham, Butter, and Emmental Cheese on a very tasty baguette (but what isn't on one?). Really good, that is until I had a similar sandwich at Gontran Cherrier (a little further down).
The famous Hot Chocolate. Really rich and super thick. Very good, but I feel like I've had better... I can't quite place my finger on it.
Au Bouquet Saint Paul
We came across this cafe in Marias. It pretty much sucked. The food wasn't great, The view from outside was less than inspiring. But I was so goddam hungry. I would recommend wlking a few extra blocks if you come across this and finding a better spot.
Insisted upon by a friend who hadn't actually ever had it... It's pretty much everything it's made out to be. Perhaps the best ice cream I've ever eaten. The store is located in Ile Saint Louis and strangely served at just about every restaurant on the island.
Caramel Beurre Salé (do you see a pattern with salted butter caramel?)
I did a lot of research in finding a really good boeuf bourguignon, found this joint. it was good, but i suppose I'm not sure what it's supposed to taste like. I kinda feel like it needs to be served over something (noodles, polenta... something). I had it with fries (french fries to you Americans).
Pot that it probably wasn't cooked it... I like pots.
Comptoir de la Gastronomie
Recommended by a friend, was probably the best meal I has all week. Girlfriend wasn't as pleased, and was a little jealous of my Ravioli.
Foie gras ravioli with truffle sauce
Roast Duck with Mashed Potatoes
Dessert was chocolate pudding cake with ice cream (chosen after our New Zealand table neighbors got the raspberry tart with pane cotta, turned out to be not so great). It was good, but nothing fantastic. Honestly, maybe something out of an applebees.
This place was suggested by @waxyjax via this The Paris Kitchen article. Yum.
I know I said Ladurée's was, but I think maybe this was the best I'd had... a little less traditional. A little crispy.... really good.
This was the Ham and butter sandwich I was talking about... outstanding. Maybe it was the bread, I don't know, but this totally does it for me.
Girlfriend had Salmon and Cream Cheese sandwich. not sure what kind of bread, but it was... let's just say this is what it looked like by the time i got my camera out.
We met up with some friends, one who happened to be Parisian, and this is where they took us. Nice atmosphere, but not necessarily best food on the entire trip. Perhaps it was the food choice, which was all in French and I paniced and picked the first thing I understood (Chicken Supreme something or other). The entrée (which is the appetizer, and that makes a whole lot more sense), and the desert were great.
Tomato and Mozzarella
Financier, which I assumed was someone that would give me money. Turned out to be some kind of yummy fruity tart/pastry.
La Réserve De Quasimodo
I tried my best to avoid any sort of restaurant with a name like Quasimodo, but it was highly recommended for a light lunch. Plus it was an adorable place. I had quiche, it was good, but not pretty.
Le Relais de l'Entrecôte
Recommended by @michaelbrooksjr for Steak and Frites. We soon found out that we could only have Steak and Frites. As it turns out, it was really freakin good. Now I'm not sure that I'm thrilled (access) about this or a little upset (exclusivity), but they've got one in New York.
This place sucked. Another place we picked in a rush with no research.
Oh yeah, and the cheeseburger (it was our last day, I was getting home sick) was covered in some kind of mayonnaise.... I hate mayonnaise