Les Enfants Rouges in the 3rd has so many things going for it starting with Chef Dai Shinozuka and his wife Tomoko whose warm welcome and presence bring even more radiance to the City of Light; then you've got their floral arrangements, awesome menu and decently priced wines.
First-off, the chef started us off with a tasting of his trio of charcuterie - Andouille, beef and chorizo - then a glass of palate cleansing chicken bouillon, with his fine bread and some extra butter for Colette. Real firsts were a soup of cauliflower and foie gras as well as crusty veal brains with a spelt risotto, gribiche and horseradish - ah yum, almost makes you forget the WHO advice, no?
For our mains: Colette had tender delicious scallops with root veggies and a crustacean bouillon and cocoa crumble, my fellow blogger had the civet of wild boar with chestnuts, zucchini, salicorns and vinegared onions, and JJ and I had more organ meat - in this case the chef's own crispy sweetbreads with mushrooms and lemon puree, which were over the moon.
As a pre-dessert, the chef sent out some panna cotta like no other I've ever had (green tea and muscovado & orange zest) and then as desserts three of us had the chestnut mousse with sheep milk and cherries au madiran. Spectacular!
With 2 bottles of wine, one of bubbly Badoit (our host was having an attack), great sopping bread and two coffees, our bill was "Wha?" "You're paying." "Why?" "Well, many thanks for favors long forgotten."