Sunday, July 5, 2015

Les Alchimistes, Paris by Bureaucrat

With lots of red velvet curtains, red roses, red dining table cloths and an attractive French lady who's d'un certain ├óge as the hostess/waitress, Les Alchimistes is very much a Parisian affair. It certainly has the ambiance of a 'date night' restaurant - somewhere that's special, intimate, above average in quality and price but not a snooty or stuffy sort of place.

The complementary starter of what I think was a creamy potted smoked fish very morish.  It had finely diced scallions, lots of tender, chunky pieces of fish (which I suspect was hand-picked) and a pinch of paprika, which was smothered in a light but creamy mayo-based sauce.  Yum.

I forget the name of the dish that the Lawyer ordered, but it was essentially steak and mash.  For the price, we were expecting the steak to be a bit bigger/thicker.  But it was tasty.

I opted for a light meal of a pumpkin and sweet potato soup with chestnuts.  It was a lovely smooth soup and was just perfectly spiced.  The soft but waxy chestnuts gave the soup substance. Twas very elegant.

Our mains also came with some bread.

We shared a creme brulee for dessert.  This was nicely executed - a thin, crisp caramel crust, and smooth custard below, which was peppered with vanilla bean seeds.

Verdict: we liked it a lot

A very French affair.  If you want something that's special and a bit different, this would be the place to go.

16 Rue Favart
75002 Paris
Telephone: +33 1 42 96 69 86

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