The 7 Best Things I Ate In Paris This Fall

On a recent sojourn in Paris, I dodged the burgers that are all the rage in Paris, you know, and instead opted for a mélange of traditional, perfectly executed French classics. I especially enjoyed a variety of avant-garde dishes from a generation of young French chefs, who are dominating Paris' hot dining scene. I dropped into some of the city's of-the-moment modern bistros and was also fortunate enough to experience old-school French cooking in its finest form — at home. While no amount of time is sufficient to experience the culinary paradise that is Paris in its entirety, here is a look at some of the best things I ate one recent week.

Veau, racines, angélique — rare veal with parsnip and celery root at Le Chateaubriand.[/caption]
Filet au boeuf with Bibb lettuce, miso and barley at Yam'Tcha.[/caption]
Foie gras confit licorice with caramelized Clementine orange at L'Ami Jean.[/caption]
Homemade confit de canard bathing in all its glorious fat (home-cooked meal).[/caption]
Escargot oozing with butter, garlic, thyme and parsley purée at Le Comptoir du Relais.[/caption]
Fig miso-crème anglaise tart with a red wine reduction at Pierre Sang.[/caption]
Delicate, briny oysters from a poissonnerie (fish monger) with a few tables on the street at L'Ecume Saint-Honoré.[/caption]
Ispahan — a rose, raspberry, litchi creme macaron with plump, fresh raspberries at Pierre Hermé.[/caption]

Restaurant addresses:

Le Chateubriand

129 avenue Parmentier

11éme, Paris

(+33) 01-43-57-45-95


4 rue Sauval

1éme, Paris

(+33) 01-40-26-08-07

L'Ami Jean

27 rue Malar

7éme, Paris

(+33) 01-47-05-86-89

Le Comptoir du Relais

6 Carrefour de l'Odeon

6éme, Paris

(+33) 01-44-27-07-97

Pierre Sang

55 rue Oberkampf

11éme, Paris

No reservations

L'Ecume Saint-Honoré

6 Rue du Marché Saint-Honoré

1éme, Paris

Pierre Hermé

(multiple locations)