Sunday, January 2, 2011

Paul Chene

France, Part V: This 50-year-old restaurant, scarcely a 15-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, provides a cozy refuge from Paris' bustling streets.

Paul Chene prides itself on interpretations of classic dishes that stay true to French culinary traditions while still ensuring that modern-day diners remain satisfied.

A citywide strike had partly crippled public transport on our evening here, so the restaurant was nearly empty except for two tables during dinner. Consequently, we benefited from a constant flow of complimentary appetizers, starting with cute little pastries...

.,. to fresh-tasting, croissant-like bread ...

... and battered cod fish, with those thick, buttery dipping sauces that the French adore.

Roasted langoustines flamed in Cognac. Meaty crustaceans in creamy broth; it's a testament to their tastiness that I can still recall their sweet-&-savory flavor, all these weeks later.

Confit of goose, prepared in the style of the town of Sarlat in the Perigord region. Somewhat too salty for our liking, though that's the nature of goose & duck confit in French cuisine.

Charlotte Chocolate. Moist, dense cake. A meal here can be overwhelmingly rich.

Free sweets were a welcome treat, even though we were in a rush to return to sightseeing.

Paul Chene,


  1. Ooh la la. Viva le France. :)
    (want to eat toooooo. Poor u tho going there during a strike. But anyway, so many strikes year round in France apparently...)

  2. j: ya, the strikes were the primary source of anxiety and trouble for us. thank goodness we never have them in kl, eh! flight delays and cancellations, public rail disruptions, bleghh...

  3. Ohh... lovely..
    I see rustic breads & all the mains are delicious too!

  4. tng: yep, i wish we had been able to try some more of their other dishes, since i'll probably never return here for a second meal. there are just too many other interesting restaurants to check out in paris in the future (hopefully!)

  5. I want those langoustines... I shouldnt be reading food blogs before breakfast!!! So hungry now.

  6. Well, in this instance the strikes seem to have been a (temporary) boon given all the delicious-looking & complimentary appetizers.

    And if you can still remember the taste of those langoustines after all these weeks... I can't help but wonder if it's cos of the Cognac they were flamed with? :P

  7. I have a huge question to ask: did you participate in a tour or did you go alone? Sorry if this question sounds really ridiculous but my mom actually reads your blog.

  8. baby sumo: heheh, reading certain other food blogs before brekkie might help you find inspiration to look for good food! :D
    lfb: the moral of the story is: all food should be cooked with booze! hope you're stocking up your kitchen with brandy to make crepe suzette, beer to batter your chicken and cognac to flame your crustaceans =)
    michelle: no prob *hi, michelle's mom!* my friend and i went on our own, and we planned everything ourselves, from our accommodation to our dining destinations.

  9. arrgh you get to go to so many restaurants in Paris and I had none! I'm sure you had some nice french wines there?

  10. eiling: hmmm, french wines? yeah, definitely (though i've forgotten what they are already!). i have four or five more french posts still coming, and i've saved the best ones for last :D

  11. wow, i guess it's a blessing in disguise having attentive service. great to have this intro, would put it down on my list for my next trip to Paris! cheers!happy 2011!

  12. sofood: thanks for reading, adel. it was difficult trying to decide where to eat in paris during just three days, since there seemed to be hundreds of interesting options! :D