Our first gastronomic dinner takes place at Hotel Du Nord, in the 10th arrondissement. It overlooks the Canal St. Martin which makes part of a long strip of shabby-chic bars and appetising bistros of this trendy district. After our 3-hour macaron workshop, we’re all trilled to be sitting down to taste Paris’ specialties and of course the wine!
Du Nords’ interiors are what i imagine of a typical french bistro- candle lit with overtones of burgundy velvet sofas lining the walls of the restaurant, a guitarist serenades us mid-meal which adds a warm buzz to the atmosphere. For entrêe i chose the Home made foie gras with, pear chutney and brioche, it came highly recommended by Jackie & Kennie foie gras !
Ann was appointed to choose the white wine for the table and picked the 2015 Loire Valley, Sancerre. A crisp green sauvignon blanc that went perfectly with the delicate fatty foie gras. Ann’s reason because she drank this on her 21st birthday in the Loire valley- Definetely a top choice!
For mains, everyone had alternating meat or fish. I got the Filleted cushion of veal cooked with rosemary herb, sweet potatoes. The veal was cooked to perfection however by this point, chaos was happening on the table! Our waitress had disappeared in a mad rush around the bistro and forgot our wine. What came next was even worse, Tom picked a 2014 Cotes de Provence but Ken sent it back when he took one sip and realised that they had given us the wrong vintage bottle (2015) of the rose we ordered- supposedly a trick they play on the naive tourists when they run out of their vintages.
To finish i had the Crunchy lemon dome, which is a pretty accurate description. We order more of the Sancerre which is a terrific note to end the first dinner on!
HÔTEL DU NORD 102, quai de Jemmapes - 75010 Paris every day from 10am to 1:30 am +33 1 40 40 78 78 firstname.lastname@example.org