When we walked around the first and second district of Paris today, we saw so many streets like this RUE TIQUETONNE which apparently is named after a baker in 1399. Just a few blocks away from major Boulevards where tourists would wander from famous sights to well laid traps and never see the backalleys and streets where local life in Paris is happening.
Lined with restaurants that seem smaller than the dining rooms of Mcmansions in the US. Funky shops selling it all, from fashion to art to spices, a couple of offices, basic Paris. Not that many tourists around which is too bad as they miss out. But then what can you accomplish in a week if you are wasting time strolling the backstreets of Paris.
When I see that many restaurants in one spot I want to eat. Reading menu after menu, it gets really hard to decide what to eat. Risotto with Cepes and Foie Gras. My choice for the day. Sounds gluten free. But in my imagination only. This street is home to three(!) Thai restaurants which means one thing. Victoria wants a Thai fix. So much for my Foie Gras Risotto dreams.
We asked the spice shop owner which of the three places to pick and without blinking he told us Trois Elephants is the best. Right he is.
The staff seemed somewhat theatric, almost as if a group of Burlesque entertainers gave up their night job in Phuket and decided to run a restaurant in Paris. The fuller the place got, the more they cranked it up. Interesting performance.
The food stood out. All dishes were fresh and flavorful. Isabella's Curry and my Seafood soup were as good as any we have had at Lotus of Siam in Vegas. And though we arrived early before the waitstaff peaked in their theatre antics, all dietary requests were followed without a hitch which by itself is the best recommendation you need to hear about.
So. When in Paris, try to make a wrong turn on purpose. You will find your own restaurant alley and youwill have your own story to tell.
BETTER THAN BAKER STREET
ONE TYPICAL PARISIAN STREET
LINED WITH UNIQUE RESTAURANTS
WAIT TILL YOU SEE THE MENU
ONE OF THREE THAI PLACES IN THIS STREET
COOL SPICE SHOP
RISOTTO WITH CEPES AND FOIE GRAS. I NEED TO EAT THERE
BUT FOR FAMILY SAKE WE WENT THAI
A FINE THAI FISH SOUP
ISABELLA'S GREEN CURRY
ARE MANGOS EVER OUT OF SEASON IN EUROPE?