As one of the world’s greatest cities and my former home reels from attacks by cowards bent on taking the world back to medieval times, I thought there’s no better time to celebrate one of the things which has made Paris so rightly famous: its food.
L’Ourcine is an understated and typically Parisian neighbourhood restaurant which does the simple things beautifully. In one of the back streets of the 13th arrondissements, you just know by looking at its menu that you won’t leave disappointed.
A little gift from the kitchen to set the stage, a beautiful taste of crab mousse with croutons:
Such a pleasant dilemma next as the ravioli, aubergine fondue and spider crab fell by the wayside, to be outshone by the risotto of poetically-named ‘birds tongues’ (a type of pasta popular in Morocco) with saffron and cockles from Brittany. Wow.
Next the red mullet with black olives, pesto and peppers, a little slice of the Cote D’Azur on a plate, all Mediterranean sun and brightness:
To finish, a trio of sensational chocolate ‘cremeux’, the sort of thing which would have the Michelin inspectors falling over themselves in Hong Kong, but in Paris represents dessert from an unpretentious local spot for dinner:
With a rather lovely bottle of Pinot Noir, the damage for the belle soeur, frangin and I was 139 euros – or around HK$350 per person.
So go, go to Paris, enjoy this brilliant metropolis, eat, drink, laugh and be merry – everything these barbarians seek to prevent.
92 Rue Broca, 75013 Paris, France +33 1 47 07 13 65 http://www.restaurant-lourcine.fr/