dinner at joséphine chez dumonet in paris
paris is fast becoming a hub for modern, fresh and new cuisine. i learnt this from anthony bourdain on one of his most recent paris episodes. out with the old bistro dining and in with the new innovative chefs and artists, which i understand and appreciate. change equals growth. but i am still a lover of the french classics. so when i visit paris, i always try to have a classic french bistro dining experience.
i did some searching through one my favourite and most trusted bloggers, chefs and food writers based in paris, david lebovitz, and booked us in at chez dumonet. he says it's important to do your research when choosing which bistro you go to, as some can be over priced and not the greatest food or service. but he highly recommended this one.
we got ready in our little studio apartment, had a couple of cheeky drinks and listened to music before making our way to montparnasse, admiring the city in the beautiful dusk light as we drove.
you can feel the french charm as soon as you walk into chez dumonet. smiling waiters dressed in classic white shirts and black ties greeted us as they whizzed around the beautiful dining room which dates back to the 1880's. you will not see tables filled with tourists in this restaurant, the majority of people here were old parisians, all a little confused when they noticed the young australian couple hanging out and asking weird questions.
we asked our very friendly and helpful waiter to recommend what to have including wines to pair with each course (i do not remember any of the names) each dish was everything i love about french cooking. simple elements prepared perfectly. it was such a memorable night
WHAT WE ATE
entrees / soft egg with truffle butter toast + foie gras
mains / duck confit with duck fat potatoes + boeuf bourguignon with buttery pasta
desserts / souffle + creme brulee
if you are in paris and want a classic french bistro experience . go here.