Well, we have our Bistro Itinerary set and as we have been saying it is pretty ambitious, but we are ready to take a shot! We won’t make our 12 bistro goal because all of the ones we want to visit are closed on Sundays. A small logistical detail we didn’t realize until we started making our bookings.
Here we go. We arrive in Paris about 7:00am on Tuesday, February 22nd and there is no rest for the weary, we start right in with lunch at noon (A.J. Liebling would be proud of us!) at. Le Baratin 3 rue Jouye-Rouve, in the 20th arrondissement where chef Raquel Carena's fabulous home-style cooking draws the likes of Joël Robuchon who is often seen there after hours.
That evening at 8pm we go to La Régalade Saint-Honoré, 123 rue St-Honoré, in the 1st arrondissement, the very heart of Paris. Chef Bruno Doucet's menu has been a phenomenal hit ever since it opened seven months ago. The fresh tasting and precisely executed cuisine du marché includes dishes like free-range Basque pork belly on a bed of lentils and cod steak with wilted spinach.
On Wednesday, it is lunch at Restaurant Saturne,17 rue Notre Dame des Victoires, Saturne is dedicated to elevating wild and rigorously sourced artisanal ingredients.under the direction of 24 year old chef Sven Chartier.
Wedneday night it is Frenchie, 5 Rue du Nilin the 2nd arrondissement, again the heart of Paris. We have selected our dinner sites a little closer in to make getting around easier. The brilliant market-menu cooking of chef Gregory Marchand features cosmopolitan dishes like crab-stuffed ravioli with parsley juice and shellfish. Sounds interesting!
Thursday lunch is Jadis (which means “in times gone by”) 208 rue de la Croix-Nivert, in the15th arrondissement. Talented young chef Guillaume Delage serves a menu that veers between contemporary French bistro cooking, like sea bream in a wasabi cream sauce with sweet potato purée—and stalwarts like roast shoulder of lamb with white beans, tomatoes, and black olives.
Thursday Dinner is at L'Epigramme, 9 rue de l'Eperon, in the 6th. A very tony and elegant part of town. Chef Pierre Neveu serve's first-rate contemporary French bistro cooking that includes dishes like braised veal with roasted artichokes and duck filet in a jus of blackcurrant liqueur with a side of new potatoes.
Friday lunch is open at the moment, believe it our not, but Friday night we go to Le Chateaubriand, 129 avenue Parmentier, n the 11th. Alec Lobrano, an American food writer located in Paris says The first time I ate chef Inaki Aizpitarte's cooking, it knocked me out, and he's only gotten better since he set up shop at this sepia-toned former grocery store. Aizpitarte's globally influenced "cuisine de vagabonde" exhibits stunning imagination, as in dishes like sea bass with red chicory and lemon crème fraîche.
Saturday Lunch is at L'Ecailler du Bistrot 22 rue Paul Bert, in the 11th. Again quoting Mr. Lobrano, ..this may be the best seafood-oriented bistro in Paris, with impeccable fish at reasonable prices. Try briny Utah Beach oysters from Normandy or a terrific line-caught grilled sole with baby potatoes sautéed in salted butter and fresh tarragon”
Saturday night is L'Ami Jean 27 rue Malar, in the 7th. Not too far from the Eiffel Tower. Chef Stephane Jego, who worked under bistro wizard Yves Camdeborde, founder of La Régalade serves market-driven southwestern French and Basque cooking.
On Sunday we rest and on Monday we fly home!