Arrived yesterday at Palais Royal, Paris, 10:00 a.m. local time, and before their noon opening we were waiting outside Zebulon, one of our favourite eateries in this great city of food.
An unexpected menu item-- one that we both love so of course we both ordered it-- was gazpacho, and here the presentation was particularly beautiful. Our bowls were divided in the middle by a nice queue of small wedges of heirloom tomatoes, diced cucumber, bell peppers, chopped shrimp, and lovely tiny yellow and blue flowers. After our eyes had eaten this for a bit, the chilled and lightly chunky tomato soup was poured around the bowls, absolutely delicious. I enjoy making gazpacho in the summer, and will remember this presentation when I want to impress people after we get home.
For mains, my wife had grilled cod with a shrimp emulsion and a tiny bit of risotto, while I had an extremely tender-- fork cuttable-- braised shoulder of baby veal, with some lovely vegetables, in a tasty sauce that was in consistency right between jus and demi glace. And lots of excellent baguette with that wonderful sweet Normandy butter that never seems to taste as good outside of France. A chilled bottle of 2015 Bret Brothers Pouilly Vinzelle La Souffrandiere was a nice accompaniment. I passed on dessert, but my wife somehow found room for apricot cake in apricot creme served with decadent in-house made pistachio ice cream.
We didn't need dinner afterwards, but still managed by early evening to choke down some fruit, Comté, baguette from Boulangerie Julien which is a great bakery, and a glass or two of 2014 Chateau La Peyreyre, a low-end Haut Medoc that our rental company comped us. We'll pick up a few bottles of more desirable wine this afternoon.
Man, I love being in Paris!