Christmas In Paris

Apologies for the absence of recipes this week, I have been away travelling the beautiful streets of Paris. I wish I could put into words how blissful the past few days were and quite frankly, trying would do a magnificent city a great disservice. 

As well as the obligatory tourist attractions, I spent most of the days scouring the lanes for restaurants that would serve food with a signature French flair. One that stood out for me most was Le Schmuck in the Odéon area: a wonderfully ornate coup de couer whose menu is simple and showered in French classics. By day it is a quaint and quiet pit stop, by night it transforms into a cocktail bar, frequented by Parisian socialites and cool crowds. I ordered the set menu of a starter and main for 15 euros and it still tasted as gorgeous as the other dishes; quality and detail went into everything.  Oh, and the French toast here will take you to your happy place.

My other recommendation would be to visit Montparnasse 1900, which is situated right next to the Metro station. As the name might suggest, this restaurant is engrained in Parisian history and architecture, with its stained glass walls and meticulously painted ceilings. Dining here will transport you back to the bohemian settings of the Roaring 20s. The service here was also impeccable. My starter of salmon tartare was generous and filling. Even the lavatories felt luxe. If you're treating somebody special, this is the place to end (or begin) your night!

As the ancient proverb goes, Paris is always a good idea.