|Subject: Paris Restaurants|
The Marais is always worth a wander, and we enjoyed spending time one
evening in Village St. Paul, with its lanes and courtyards of antique
and brocante shops, boutiques (one named Curious Women), and ateliers.
We enjoyed a fine dinner in the unusual De Bouche à Oreille, a combination
restaurant and brocante. All the décor is for sale, such as charming vintage
teapots, compotes, or cups and saucers lining the shelves and old
and oils gracing the mustard-glazed walls. Fragrant teas and unique flavors
of jams de la maison tempt from the decorative shelves.
For our three course dinner, a bargain at 125 francs, we sampled salad with duck meat, walnuts, and roquefort; a smooth pâté of scallops flecked with red and green vegetables; savory tarts of chicken, leek and mushroom, or potato, lardons (smoky bacon cubes), and cheese; and finished with a warming cinnamon scented TarteTatin with crème fraiche.
Climbing Paris' highest hill made an alpine meal sound just perfect. La Pierrade, a friendly neighborhood spot, features raclette, a warming Swiss specialty. Seated by a lace-curtained window, we watched as our waiter brought over a wrought-iron contraption, fixed a half-moon of raclette cheese on it, and turned on the heating coils facing the cheese. Slowly, the cheese warmed, melted, and began to drip onto a plate. Perfect for smearing onto boiled potatoes, bread, and several kinds of charcuterie and enjoying along with cornichons and pearl onions. The delicious and filling order for 2 would have fed both of our husbands as well!
De Bouche a Oreille 15,Rue des Tournelles Tel: 0144 61 07 02 Paris 4 Metro: Bastille
La Pierrade 93 Rue des Martyrs Tel: 01 42 54 08 31 Paris 18 Metro: Abbesses