Ok, there's not really one best restaurant in Paris, but if I've been there a month this trip and if I lived there permanently I go to La Petite Sirene every week.
We started with the best herring I've ever had. My Scandinavian dinner companion agreed it was the best she'd ever had too.
Her lobster salad was fresh and light - refreshing.
My scallops were very nice. But the star main course was the salmon à unilateral - cooked slowly on one side through sea salt, so that the top of the fish was incredibly tender. This fish literally melts in your mouth - you don't really have to chew it at all.
We hesitated about dessert - we've been to too many good restaurants lately and it's showing on our waistlines. In the end we shared a moelleux au chocolat and it was the best ever. Topped with delicious home-made ice-cream.
Peter the chef/owner is very attentive and charm itself.
The room is warm and cosy with a Scandinavian simplicity. My usual bug-bear – too much top-light – was a little bit in evidence, but the overall experience was so superlative from beginning to end that I couldn't bring myself to suggest to Peter that he turn the dimmer switch down just a little and let the candles on his tables do more of the lighting.
Dinner for two, with a glass of wine each, was around €130 which at this level of culinary perfection is a bargain.
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