When you go to Paris, you dream of the first restaurant you go to when you get there.
It sets the tone for the whole Paris experience. If I was in Paris I would want that place to be a bistro like this. DESVOUGES.
Sometimes you discover it on previous trips just walking, and peer in the windows.
You think, how Parisian!!!!!!! How cute, with the lace curtains.....Looks like a REAL Bistro.
The blackboard above the bar would have the list of wines that go with the delicious food they serve....Also a friendly hands on proprieter that greets you at the door and offers a menu on a blackboard and would explain every dish like he cooked it all himself.
Before lunch they would set the tables with checkered napkins and wine glasses.
I imagine appetizers of frog legs for Robes,
and Pate de Campagne with gellee (aspic) and delicious bread that we share.
Robes would have a beef tenderloin steak seared, accompanied by crisp fingerling potatoes sauteed in duckfat to make them so crispy. Red onion in a red wine reduction, would be there too and Belgian endive sauteed with balsamic vinegar would be delicious.
Me, I would have the cassoulet, with the duck and sausages with white beans in a Staub Coccotte.
I would think it was the best cassoulet ever. And yes, we would share these dishes too.
I would think we would be a little full for dessert but would love the chocolate souffle chaud with molten chocolate in the center. On a cold winter day I could think of nothing better.
So while it was cooking I would think we would have espresso with crema on
I would imagine my dream restaurant would look like think this. If I went to Paris, the entrees would be only 6 Euros and the plates 15 Euros.......Fabulous.I also imagine it was everything we dreamed of in our first meal when we would arrive in Paris.
I would think the name of the owner was Jerome Desvouges.
He would be a former journaliste with a love of food from Toulouse
that he very successfully incorporates in his menu.
If you go to Paris check this out http://www.restaurantdesvouges.fr/
I think it would be in the 5th at 6 Rue Fosse St Marcel
More on my imaginings to come this week, If I WAS IN PARIS.