The Last Supper was Lunch

Le Baratin. 3, rue Jouye-Rouve. Belleville (20th). Recommended by Time Out. I really enjoyed my last restaurant meal. The chef, Raquel Carena is Argentine and the food is very good. The wine was superb.

1) Pouilly-Fumé Alexandre Bain, 2009. Fenouils à l’orange.
2) Poitrine de veau en cocotte aux champignons
3) Fromage chèvre de Valence (Loire)
4) Espresso

Dinner this evening

The studio I’m renting is on Rue Saint-Sabin. it’s very residential with some offices. The only restaurant on the street is Amici Miei, an Italian restaurant that specializes in pizza. Every evening, when I walk by, there are about a dozen people waiting to get into a stuffed-to-the-gills room – I can never get in. This evening there was no one waiting outside, so I went in, and amazingly, there was a table available. The ambience is wonderful – bustling, but not too noisy, with delicious aromas (am I mixing my senses here?) emanating from the kitchen. I had the Carpaccio de pesce spada e melone (espadon et melon / swordfish with melon) as antipasti and Linguine alle vongole (palourdes / clam). It was all delicious, particularly the linguine. A 25cl carafe of red rounds everything off perfectly. it is well reviewed on the web.

Save at lunch with a sandwich, splurge at dinner.

Later I met up with my very good friend François and his god-daughter Ivana for a beer. Imagine having a Guinness in Corsican bistrot called Hall 1900.