French cuisine is not known for fusing with other culture’s flavors and ingredients. When I read about Le Pre-Verre on Pudlo Paris, it said that the chef is known for incorporating Asian’s spices and herb with French cuisine, we got interested. Besides it’s the most promising walking distance place from where we stayed at (which has too many tourist traps). The restaurant was packed and we didn’t have reservation, but they managed to seat us at an outdoor table. Like many restaurants in Paris, they offer a set menu. 26.50 euro for 3 courses, very affordable!
1st course, Freda’s choice: Chestnut Soup with anise Star. I haven’t seen non-Chinese/Indian/Vietnamese cuisine using anise star before so we thought that was interesting. And it tasted really good. Other than the wonderful sweet chestnut flavor, there’s a subtle spice-flavor in the soup that could only contribute to anise star. My choice: Oyster with Ginger. Very fresh raw oyster. The dice ginger is a nice touch, very Chinese.
Freda’s main course: Suckling Pig poched in Spicy Sauce with Cabbages. Incredibly good, the meat melt in your mouth, very tender. The sauce is not spicy despite it said so, there’s subtle cumin flavor in it which compliment the meat well.
My meat course: Mallard roasted with corn and cocoa. Mallard is wild duck. Very nice interesting dish, the sauce was almost mole-like (cocoa) but it’s not Mexican tasting at all. Duck with cocoa sauce is an interesting combine, I love it.
Dessert: Roasted Bananas and Mango Mousse with Red Wine. I was too fulled from the main course so we shared one dessert. The mango mousee was a little sour (not mango season?) but I’m glad for the sourness for aftermeal. The roasted bananas are basically plantains.
8, rue Thenard 75005 Paris
Metro: Maubert – Mutualite