Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Langoustines: Dinner in Paris...Still Day 2

Tour Eiffel from the Bridge Pont de la Concorde

The Eiffel Tower "Tour Eiffel"
Place de Concorde's Oblisque with Le Madeline in the far distance.

Henry and a live langoustine awaiting the "lobster pot" at Les Fables de la Fontaine

Langoustines and Mayonnaise at Les Fables de la Fontaine

Lobster and Fennel Foam Amuse Bouche

Sole meuniere swimming in butter
A side dish of asparagus and morel mushrooms

Photos (Lexi Van de Walle)

Paris is a walking city. Thank goodness, since it's also an eating city and I'm no French woman. Today we covered a good 8-10 miles (or 14 plus kilometers) at least.

Full from lunch and still jet lagged, we canceled our 7:30 reservation at Aux Lynonnaise, took a nap and hiked over to the Eiffel Tower neighborhood (7th) for a 9:45 table at Les Fables de La Fontaine for the freshest, tastiest seafood I've ever had -- all local, of course. All I could think about on our walk was langoustines. I dream about langoustines when I'm in New York -- no joke. I've loved these little lobsters since my first trip to Europe in 1973 and covet them on every trip!!!

Les Fables de La Fontaine is one of four restaurants founded by star chef Christian Constant (formerly of Les Ambassadors -- haute cuisine restaurant at Hotel de Crillon). The menu is short, and the dishes are all about the catch of the day. Preparations are simple simple simple -- the opposite of haute and just how we love our food!

Dinner started with a lobster and fennel foam amuse bouche, followed by langoustines boiled and served with thick, creamy mayonnaise and sole meuniere (think Julia Child's first of many dinners in Paris' Le Grand Vefour). The season's asparagus and morels added an earthy taste of spring to the over the moon meal.

Magnificent!!!! Magnifique!!!!

Les Fables de La Fontaine
131 Rue Saint Dominique (7th)

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