It’s important to try new things and places, but it’s only human to play favorites. Les Fines Gueules is one my favorites. It was one of Pierre’s when he lived in Paris, but now I can call it one of our favorites, heheh.
The corner building that houses Les Fines Gueules is gorgeous, just off Place des Victoires. It’s the type of place I picture when dreaming of Paris, especially when we dine just as the sun sets. The tiny three-floor restaurant tucked in the 1st arr. takes reservations, but we’ve had luck walking in right when they open for lunch/dinner.
Start with a drink, rosé of course…
…and the move on to a plate of heirloom tomatoes, simply served with olive oil, salt and pepper and shaved parmesan. We had this same appetizer last year, and this year’s was just as good, if not better. If you want two appetizers, make this second choice a lush plate of prosciutto and creamy burrata topped by a flurry of crushed almonds. Check out Gotham Gal’s post for a photo of this dish – seriously dreamy.
Keep the appetizers light, save room for steak tartare, their signature menu item. Baby potatoes and a flurry of sea salt, vinaigrette-dressed salad and rough chopped steak tartare, boldly seasoned finished with sun-dried tomatoes. Far from traditional.
For indulgence, head this way for a main course of veal and seared foie gras. The piece of foie gras is nearly as large as the veal, boasting a crisp, almost caramelized surface and an interior that literally melted on the tongue. So fatty, so delicious, No exaggeration, heaven. And f all this wasn’t indulgence enough, the paired starch is a steamy mound of white truffle mashed potatoes.
Since we spend most the day time in Paris wandering from pâtissière to pâtissière, devouring sweet and sweet, I’ve been opting for cheese plates in place of dessert. Here we’ve got Fourme d’Ambert, Comte, and Tomme. A basket of bread on the side.
Les Fines Gueules
43 rue Croix des Petits Champs
+33 1 42 61 35 41