This past November my wife and I and various friends had some really terrific meals in Paris. The best meals were in Alliance, Montée, Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos, and L’Arcane. All four of these restaurants served wonderful food, but L’Arcane stood out from the rest. One example: We were served John Dory, one of my favorite fishes, at Alliance, Montée, and L’Arcane. In the first two the fish was good, but I kept thinking that it didn’t measure up to John Dory that we had eaten in Rome. The John Dory that L’Arcane served was from small-boat fishing. It was better by an order of magnitude.
We had some simpler meals at Chez L’Ami Jean, Le Radis Beurre, Au Bon Coin, Dans Les Landes, and Le Petit Pontoise. The latter is probably the only one we would return to. Although Au Bon Coin may merit another vist; it seems to be under new ownership or something. It was not the same as other times.
We also had some simple fare at Saveurs d’Asie, Hakata Choten, Un Jour à Ha Noi and oysters at Huitrerie Régis and Pleine Mer. We did not leave Paris hungry.
We went back to Un Jour à Ha Noi last night and had another simple but enjoyable meal. We started with the crevettes fried in green rice and followed with the crepe with a meat/crevette filling and the bo bun with nems. I’m not sure that that was the exact name, but the menu states that President Obama ate this dish! That’s good enough for me!
At any rate, the nems were not warm enough, and the whole contained a tad too much sugar for my taste, though not disturbingly too much. We still liked it. We each had a glass of an open St.-Emilion.
Actually now I noticed that you have visited Paris last year in November too! So you are used to the same seasonal products. Except this year, cepes is considered a luxury and rare, due to the dryness of summer, there are few and very expensive and later than usual.
You mean Obama ate this dish in this restaurant, or ate the dish elsewhere? Mmm, I don’t like the “too much sugar” part. This restaurant is on my to eat Vietnamese list.