Friday, January 6, 2012

Septime in the 11th: simple, subtle, scrumptious, satisfying.

From John Talbott's blog..... one of my favorite restaurants.  Carol and I had a great meal there the previous trip.

Septime in the 11th: simple, subtle, scrumptious, satisfying.:
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The bare wooden tables, open kitchen and warm, warm welcome from the front room and culinary staffs tell it all - this is a place for serious eating - forget the frou-frou, amuse gueules, fancy butter and mignardises - we're into satisfying your palate and stomach. As they always have had at lunch, there are few choices on the menu but the price (26 E for three courses) is right and the choices adequate.

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Madame, our friend the Professor of Culinary Arts, had the egg in a broth she found bewitching with shaved exotic vegetables and the other three of us had squid with a crab fluff and a puree of squash -quite exceptional.

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Then the ladies had the carrelet (plaice, dab) with brussel sprouts that Colette found characterless and the men - a poitrine of pork with perfectly crisped skin, luscious meat within and not too much fat in totality - a dish I found better than any I've had in a long time.

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Three of us had the great block of chocolate with an incredibly intense coffee semi-freddo and an nice offsetting ice cream; the other choice was cheese which looked fine.

Our bill with two bottles of wine and no bottled water but three coffees and one tea, was 77.50 e a coupe.

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