I was recently whisked away to Paris for a wonderful Valentines’ weekend, the food and drink was obviously exceptional and warrants some excellent reviews.
I’m starting with Le Bistrot Park which was a mere metro stop away from the Eiffel Tower (route 6, Dupleix stop), a tiny, French Korean fusion restaurant.
These guys had a tiny restaurant, and I mean, tiny – that’s part of the reason I wanted to write up a review. If we weren’t such Trip Advisor fiends we would never had found this place and it really deserves some recognition.
We ordered from a set menu of 3 courses at €33 per head which is amazing value for Paris. To start came an amuse-bouche which hadn’t been on the menu so was a bit of a surprise.
It was a small portion of couscous, raw vegetables and a pate that we couldn’t quite put our fingers on. It was made all the more tasty by the fact that it was unexpected.
For starters, my partner had crispy shrimps with seaweed, and I had asparagus and smoked salmon.
The shrimp was the real winner here with a wonderful soy sauce and perfectly cooked shrimps. The crispy seaweed was amazingly moreish.
The asparagus was slightly over cooked for me but didn’t ruin the dish, as the salmon was beautifully lightly smoked and had a lovely texture. This came with a balsamic sauce.
Next, we had the sirloin steak and a duck breast – however the sirloin looked and tasted more like fillet when it arrived, another pleasant surprise!
Both the duck and steak were perfectly cooked, the duck was pink in the middle and my knife cut through like butter. It came with an orangey sauce which was sweet but not overpowering.
For desert we had the brie stuffed with truffles.
This came at fridge temperature which at first put me off, but it really worked. The brie was just ripe and nutty, and the truffles added a wonderful level of flavour to the dish.
I’d really recommend visiting this place if you’re in Paris and want something a little different to the standard bistro fare, this was really delicious and great value for money.