5.2 Oyez…! P’Axoa, 118, blvd de Montparnasse in the 14th, 01.43.27.22.00 (Metro: Vavin or ND des Champs) has been open for 3 years and I’ve drifted past it several times in the past several months, once actually entering and asking how long they’d been open – Ans. 3 Years and then Friday to make a reservation and the “startlingly blonde lady” at the bar looked puzzled when I asked to make a rez and passed me onto the chef, who had great white mustachios and pony tail and greeted me like a long lost friend. Done deal!
Today was Easter Sunday, so I was pleased to see they had a Pascal menu which looked pretty tempting. I enter; get the primo table by the window and am serenaded by a “startlingly blonde lady” with a guitar. Huh. Sundays here must be Basque Music Day; Cool.
The genial host offers me a glass of sangria which came with a basque type pizza/cake which was spectac.
I went with the Easter “menu”,
- two great slices of foie gras mi-cuit with a jelly made with espelette that perfectly offset the sweetness of the foie gras,
- a Basque version of bouillabaisse with an immense amount of fish, moules, shrimp, squid and sauce,
- a tarte Landaise, beautifully blackened in the oven with a scoop of ice cream.
My bill –
Ah Coda – I ordered and we ate tonight – 4 take-out servings of Axoa which my guests really, really liked.
So my bill was 103.20 E but that covers 5 dinners with wine, no bottled water and coffee.
Go? With Au Bascou on the ropes, it’s not a bad idea. And yes, that's not a selfie but the chef insisted.