In an earlier post this year (April 2014), I put up photos of a rollicking dinner we had at our favourite bistro in the 11th arrondissement, the Paul Bert. Last night was a slightly more sedate affair, but in terms of food and company, equally delicious.
A Swedish Christmas elf offered me a gift that happened to be on my Christmas list – a box of marrons glacés (candied chestnuts) from Paris’s best chocolatier, La Maison du Chocolat. A glass of champagne was ordered for the occasion. And then an English Christmas elf, who had also referred to that list (which I didn’t think anyone would actually consult!), offered me a Diptyque Feu du Bois candle.
As a starter, I ordered the marrow bone simply roasted and sprinkled with fleur de sel. My companions had foie gras and roasted scallops.
I then chose the roast venison with celeriac puree and juniper berries while my friends enjoyed pepper steak with a load of hot crispy fries. Paul Bert is known for their delicious, hot and crispy fries.
I don’t know what they’re making eyes about here. Paul Bert makes the best crème caramel I have ever tasted.
And so, as always at Paul Bert bistro, a good time was had by all. We walked off into the dampish night, each of us headed to different destinations over the holidays – Sweden, Holland and south-west France.