I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run for this week’s Friday Five, which is a theme related to food & drink. As I get a lot of questions and comments about France, I thought I would tell you a little bit about what I like about eating out in restaurants here.
- Very reasonable portion sizes. Many of the restaurants have an appetizer + main dish + dessert option and you can often have all 3 without feeling stuffed.
2. I don’t feel rushed. If you are sitting at a restaurant, it is taken for granted that you are there to enjoy the food and company. In a nice restaurant the waiters will never push you out the door and you need to often ask for your check. They never seem in a hurry to bring it to you.
3. The menus change often. A decent restaurant will be using seasonal fruits and veggies for their dishes, so the menu has to change. Smaller restaurants build the menus day to day depending on what they find at the market that morning.
4. The wine. No matter where you go, you always have a great choice. In 98% of the cases you will only find French wine, but there will always be something you can pair your meal with and restaurants can easily make recommendations on what you could drink with your meal.
5. The desserts. I never bake desserts, cakes, etc. So restaurants are my occasion to indulge.
I don’t eat out often, so when I do I make sure to chose a restaurant I am going to fully enjoy, even if it is a bit pricy. I am rarely disappointed.
Here are a few recommendations :
- Je The Me (pronounced Je t’aime) in the 15th district. Very Parisian !
- Bistrot de Charenton (this is in my hometown and it has been revamped since the past 3 or 4 years with new owners. Great value).
- La Plage Parisienne (it is a boat on the river right near the Eiffel Tower. The service is crappy, the food decent but a bit over priced, so you pay for the view. Worth it !)
- Pavillon Montsouris This is in a park. A little pricy but very nice. I have never been disappointed and you can eat outside in the summer. Love it!
What is your experience with restaurants in France ? similar to the US ?