Eric Frechon has been getting much attention for what seems to be a 'Short Holiday into French
Gastronomy' at Epicure. We finally had dinner there about 10 days ago and I agree that it was the highlight of the trip when it comes to the big night splurge at a 3* (I am not big on more than 1-3 nights at Michelin restaurants as I tend to gravitate back to the local's favorite bistros..but I digress) The Bristol itself , if not a bit stuffy, is a stunning hotel with attention to fine 18-19thC Belle Epoque design, antiques and detail. The same can be said for the restaurant except unlike the hotel, it is a bit more comfortable and not quite as opulent lending yourself to a sense of really enjoying 3* service, cuisine and detail in a relaxed atmosphere amongst stunning period pieces, an amazing chandelier and a picture window that is a great plus for the view if you have the chance to be seated nearby. A 3* staff in all ways that are also incredibly warm and helpful. Again, since I speak French I always find it interesting to see how guests who are 'l'etranger' are treated, as well..it can sometimes make a difference. Not here! If anything, the amazing Maitre'D
was careful to explain things and make suggestions with patience and humor. I found that to be an outstanding quality that just started everything off to a great start. He even joked with me as I speak 'le francais quitodien' but I don't have a perfect accent at all. He joked that if he could guess where I was from, he's be very pleased and if he was wrong, an aperitif for me! Well….he guessed Swiss and England…(they never think an American can be fluent who doesn't live there)
and thus…we had a little chicly and I got a lovely glass of Ruinart by the glass !!!! I was in love with this restaurant. We had the menu degustation with the amuses-bouches, entree, main plat, pre-dessert and dessert. Formidable. I love good bread and as they had a 'bread-server', I told him to save himself numerous trips and to put down a few pieces at a time. He smiled and said 'Sans soucis , Monsieur' and m¥ bread plate had a different type of amazing choice every time I looked back down! We had to have the Poulet Bresse and it was the BEST I've ever had (even when had in the region of Brest in the Val de Soane, itself) It defies description. Bursting with flavor, interesting touches but nothing overwhelming the amazing taste of this classic that was cooked to perfection. The Duck foie gras was amazing and I had to think hard because i was getting 'foiled grassed out' because of my club room serving it each night with appetizers. But this….was the best I'd had in along time. The desserts were amazing and for a person with lot of
…energy…..I wasn't fussing about sitting for 2.5 hours when it came to having the verveine infusion with more little desserts of petit-fours and chocolate covered dried ginger! Expensive and worth every penny if you want a 'gastronomical experience' of tis type whilst holidaying in Paris.
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