I travel frequently to Paris and certainly have enjoyed my share of excellent meals over the years but Essen'All will stand out for me as one of the best.
First the location and the ambiance- Essen'All is out the way - I took the Metro and do not mind traveling outside the mainstream for great food - the neighbourhood is not exciting and the location itself is nothing special. Walking in and seeing the dining room made me think perhaps I was in the wrong place. The surroundings seemed plain and not particularly inspired. The bottom line was I was a little worried. Do not get me wrong I am very turned off by overly "done" settings - I do not enjoy a setting that is pretentious but I usually look for a vibe that is cool or interesting in the decor…
I turned my attention to the food and decided to go with 6 not 8 courses as I felt I really was not sure what to expect food wise... Then the first course arrived and all I can say is "wow" by the third course I had regretted not going with the 8 and told my server - I was quickly upgraded to the full experience.
I dined with three other members of my family... All of them said it was one of the most memorable meals they have ever eaten.
Don't go for the setting. Go for the food that is the very essence of this experience!
If this restaurant were in the 6th it would cost double!
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