It’s time for lunch at L’Arpège. Four hours well spent ^_^
We begin with radishes and salt…
…and hot potato puffs.
There are miniature vegetable tartlets…
…and then a salad, so fresh with a hazelnut praline dressing.
Save room for butter and bread…
…and the radish sushi. One bite, two fingers.
Next comes the vegetable ravioli in a beet consommé…
…and beet tartare with crème fraîche and a quail egg. Fried potatoes on the side. Mix and devour.
Spring pea purée with the whipped speck cream scooped table-side.
Spinach sautéed in brown butter, young carrots and meyer lemons.
A veggie burger!
Followed by sole and spring peas.
Sea snails and sorrel.
Peas with zucchini, leeks, garlic flowers, and strawberries.
The ultimate vol-au-vent filled with carrots, beans, and herbs. Buttery onion sauce spooned table-side.
White asparagus and sorrel.
And the vegetable couscous.
Magret de canard! With a rooibos tisane reduction and radishes.
Fresh goat cheese, olive oil, carrots, and lemon.
Onto the sweets! This rhubarb mille-feuille, all caramelized at the top, puts Jacques Genin to shame.
And the mignardises. Spot the caramel apple at bottom-left and top-right?
To finish, a slice of L’omelette Norvégienne. Also known as a Baked Alaska in the US ^_^
P.S. NYT just published this piece on L’Arpège yesterday. I wish we were back in Paris!