1

Le Petit Zinc (Review)

We decided to try Le Petit Zinc for a quick lunch as we had passed it on a few occasions on our way back to our hotel and my mum liked the display of seafood outside the restaurant. We went for the Express Menu which we hoped would live up to its name since we had to be back at our hotel soon for our rearranged spa treatments.

The menu was pretty vast with prices varying from €177.70 for a selection of oysters and other seafood, to the much cheaper option of our Express Menu which was only €22.20 for two courses!

SAM_9061

We went for two courses each as we didn’t want lunch to take too long. I went for the flank steak with shallot sauce and home made French fries, and my mum chose the lamb stew with carrots. My steak was a pretty standard steak, but that was what I was expecting. The fries on the other hand were really nice! They were lovely and crispy on the outside and were thin cut, which is what I love! My mum’s lamb wasn’t chewy and there was a lot of meat!

For dessert I chose the vanilla creme brulee and my mum had the pear crumble. They were both very nice, although it was a bit disappointing that the bowl for the crumble was hot, yet the crumble itself wasn’t!

On the whole, if I had a lot more money and more time, it would have been nice to try some of the other items on the menu (although I think I may leave the €177.70 dish until I’ve got myself a decent job!) We were served pretty rapidly and the waiters were friendly towards us, even though we chose the cheapest items on the menu! There was also a live cooking station where the waiters were making crepes, which was nice to watch. The interior of the restaurant was rather grand looking, and pretty big, although I didn’t get a chance to explore that much.

SAM_9074

0

Trip To Paris – Day 3

There was a beautiful sunrise this morning, so I just had to take a photo…

SAM_8925

Since our train back to London wasn’t until 8 that evening, my mum and I got the metro to Montmatre and walked up to the Sacré-Cœur. We were surrounded by chants of “one Euro, one Euro!” as guys were everywhere trying to sell us Eiffel Tower keyrings. I really do wonder how they make a living…

We had a wander around the area and you could see for ages from the top of the hill. It’s a shame it wasn’t a sunny day like yesterday, but the views were nice nonetheless!

SAM_9001

We then got the metro back to St Germaine and had lunch at Le Petit Zinc, before heading back to the hotel for our spa treatments!


0

Trip To Paris – Day 2

We had breakfast at the hotel, which was included in the prize, and I must praise whoever did the interior design for the dining area as it was all pink!

Me at breakfast with my pastries and yogurt (definitely didn't go back for seconds, or a fry up...)

Me at breakfast kidding myself that I was being healthy with my pastries and yogurt (definitely didn’t go back for seconds, or a fry up…)

It was an amazingly sunny day today so my mum and I walked along the river in the direction of the Eiffel Tower (and looking like typical Chinese tourists snapping away at everything!)

There was another Christmas market by Trocadero with many interesting and appealing stalls!

We then got the metro to the Louvre before walking up the Champs-Élysées to meet my mum’s friend for dinner.

I haven’t a clue where we went for dinner, but it was lovely and I had crispy prawns to start, followed by duck, and then a chocolate fondant (one with a melting middle this time!)

1

Le Fumoir (Review)

We headed to Le Fumoir for our first dinner in Paris. It was extremely busy when we arrived but we had booked so thankfully were able to get a table. In the evening, they serve a set menu (€32 for two courses, €36 for three courses). Both my mum and I went for three courses and for my starter I went for beef tartare with bits of fried sardines and cucumber in a light sardines broth, whereas my mum went for the squids sauteed with a touch of curry, creamed corn and gombos (whatever that is!)

Before serving us our food, we were given warm towels to clean our hands, which I thought was a nice touch. We were also served a cold soup, but I can’t remember what on earth was actually in it! The starters soon arrived and my beef tartare was presented quite prettily with the cucumber surrounding the beef. It was an alright dish, but nothing that special. My mum’s squid was rather nice and it wasn’t spicy at all, even though it said that it had a touch of curry (I can’t stand anything that has a hint of spicyness!)

For my main, I opted for the roasted lamb, with mashed potatoes, lovage and tomato sauce. My mum went for the pan fried scallops, mashed Swedish turnip, black cabbage, and lardo. Once again, the food was presently nicely and I thought the portion was quite small at first, but once I dug in, I found a decent portion of meat which tasted great and wasn’t chewy. My mum got four scallops and it was surrounded in a slightly frothy broth, which reminded me of frothy sea water (maybe that was what they were trying to imitate?!)

My mum and I aren’t really cheese eaters, so I chose the mango pie with yogurt and mascapone ice cream, and my mum went for the black and white chocolate with clementine sorbet. My mango pie was really nice and the ice cream added a nice touch to it. I don’t really know what my mum’s dessert was, but it seemed to be pieces of dark chocolate truffle in a really nice sauce.

Overall, this restaurant was pretty good. I normally wouldn’t go to the those restaurants which serve the food looking all pretty since they normally give you tiny portions and I’m left wanting more. But the portions here were a decent size and the food was quite tasty too.

1

Au Pied De Fouet (Review)

I came across this restaurant on Trip Advisor and there were amazing reviews for it. The restaurant was only a few doors down from our hotel in Paris so we thought we’d try it! It was very busy when we arrived, but we were able to get a table straight away (although we were sharing a table with another two diners, but I guess this shows just how popular the restaurant is). The restaurant itself is pretty small and there is an upstairs as well, but I’m not sure how large it is there as I didn’t go up. The tables are quite close together and my mum said it was quite crowded, but I’d rather say that it was cosy 😀

The lady who served us seemed to be the owner and didn’t speak a word of English but that added to the fun of it all! I haven’t studied French since Year 9, and even then I was pretty terrible at it. I tried to order “une carafe d’eau s’il vous plaît” (a jug of water for you non French speakers!) with our other drinks, but with my terrible accent things got a bit confusing and after a lot of pointing and gestures, we finally got there.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love duck, so I had to try their confit de canard! Not long after ordering, my duck arrived with mashed potato. The duck was lovely, with a crispy skin, and the mash was really nice and smooth. I was a bit worried that the dish would be a bit dry since there wasn’t a sauce, but I had nothing to worry about since the duck was cooked to perfection! As there is always room for dessert, I ordered the chocolate fondant thinking it would be like a chocolate cake with a molten middle. However, what arrived was more of a mousse, so was a little disappointing, but fairly tasty nonetheless!

Overall, this restaurant definitely deserves the high rating on Trip Advisor. The service we received was great as the waitress was really friendly and didn’t mind my terrible attempts at speaking French. At €12.50, the duck was good value and tasty, and for €3 the dessert was pretty decent too.

2

Trip To Paris – Day 1

So back during the Easter holidays I entered a competition to win a spa weekend to Paris. Me being me, totally forgot about it, so you could said I was pleasantly surprised when I received a call during revision telling me that I’d won!

I’d been to Paris three times before but never during the Christmas period, so this time I went in December with my mum to see the Christmas lights and markets. We stayed at the Bel Ami hotel in St Germaine which was close to the river and the Louvre.

Thankfully, the weather was kind to us for the three days that we were there and it didn’t rain! We arrived in the afternoon and soon went to grab some food to eat. Thanks to the powers of the Internet, I found Au Pied De Fouet along the same road as our hotel that had really good reviews.

After lunch, we decided to go for a wander as we had a couple of hours before our session in the spa. We passed soooo many bakeries and anyone who knows me knows that I am basically a fatty person who enjoys food.

We wandered through a few Christmas markets (and of course I got sidetracked by the stalls with lovely displays of food – who wouldn’t?!)

We then reached the river and came across one of the bridges filled with a million locks on them.

We got to the Notre Dame before rushing off back to the hotel for our spa appointment.

Little did we know, there had been a miscommunication issue and we ended up rearranging it for our last day! This turned out to not be such a bad thing since we headed over to the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou before heading to Le Fumoir for a lovely dinner.

We thought we’d make the most out of our time in Paris, so got the Metro to Trocadero and arrived just in time for the light show at the Eiffel Tower!