13 February 2015

Paris in winter 2015 (3) | 冬のパリへ 2015 ③

I met up with a friend of mine M who's having working holiday in Paris for lunch. We headed off to Pierre Sang in Oberkampf. As you can see in the photo above, there was no restaurant sign but just scribbled restaurant's name on the door (we nearly pass there). I'd heard this restaurant was very popular, so we went in the restaurant as soon as it opened at noon. It was a small place with an open plan kitchen and a counter and it was full by the time we had our starters. The lunch menu is fixed and 20 EUR for 2 courses and 25 EUR for 3 courses. They ask about your food allergies.

この日のランチはパリでワーホリ中の M 嬢と一緒にオベルカンフの Pierre Sang in Oberkampf へ。


Look at this starter...how beautiful! They don't explain about the dish; you can enjoy guessing what are on the plate. When you finish, they give you the answer. This starter was made up with scallops (warm but raw) with slightly milky flavour, butternut squash sauce, raw vegetables and pistachios. Scallops were so sweet and heavenly. I had them bit by bit so that I could enjoy them as long as possible. The main course was pan fried meat which was marinated with something tasting like miso with mushroom sauce, Japanese curry like sauce and Korean chilli miso like paste. The meat was pink in the middle and I was guessing it was veal but it was pork. The chef is Korean French and I thought this dish was most Koreany (I almost ask for a bowl of rice!)




メインには、味噌漬け焼きのようなお肉が茸のソース、日本のカレーのような味のソース、コチュジャンのようなペースト、と一緒にやって来ました。お肉は中心がほんのりピンク色に焼かれていて仔牛肉かと思いきや、 豚肉でした。シェフは韓国系フランス人だそうで、このお料理が一番韓国っぽかったです。ご飯ください、って感じ。

The dessert was also beautiful. Lychee sorbet, chestnut mousse, passion fruit espuma (perhaps), caramelized hazelnuts and financier...After richly flavoured main course, this light dessert was spot on. During our lunch there, we could see what was going on in the kitchen and the chef was training his apprentice, so we got some cooking tips. The chef was very cheerful and created a good vibe inside the restaurant. I'll definitely go back! 



At the opposite of the restaurant was a cute cheese shop. We went there after lunch and it was closed for lunch...pity!

Pierre Sang
55 rue Oberkampf 75011 Paris

I found a new cafe called Rachel's in the north Marais. According to My friend M, this place is famous for its cheesecakes. My husband and I popped in there one afternoon to try famous cheesecake. The decor reminded me of Orla Kiely. We went there around 14.00 and it was nearly full and buzzy.
北マレの滞在先近くに昨年はなかった Rachel's なるカフェを発見。
M 嬢より、ここのチーズケーキが美味しいという情報を得て、行ってみることに。
14 時前くらいに行ったのですが、ほぼ満席で賑わってました。

There were four kinds of cheesecake that day. I chose the key lime cheese cake in the pic above and my husband's choice was the raspberry cream cheesecake. I started eating from the pointy bit and puzzled why this was called key lime, then after passing the middle of the cake, there was key lime cream. It was not too sweet and very creamy. I was shocked by the size of the dishes the other customers had, so huge! The tea cup held by a gentleman next to me was as big as his head...hmmm, very American. I'd like to try their savoury dish perhaps sharing with other one or two people next time.



25, rue du Pont aux Choux, Paris, France
Tel +33 (0)1 44 61 69 68

There's no photo of this restaurant where my friend couple who were newly married took us, but this cosy bistro Les Canailles  was something. Their food was very pleasant bistro type of cuisine and their soufflé fluffed up fantastically. The staff were friendly and professional. I would go there every week if this was in my neighbourhood!

So this is the end of my travel journal (food journal more like) in Paris.

あと、写真はないのだけれど、新婚ホヤホヤの友人夫妻に連れて行ってもらったビストロ Les Canailles も美味しかったなぁ。ザ・ビストロ料理、って感じで。さらにデザートのスフレの膨らみっぷりは特筆すべきものがありました。




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