This weekend there was some kind of festival across France with special menus in a list of restaurants (“Tous au restaurant”), where the second menu is given for free. We really wanted to go somewhere but most places were already marked as “Full” more than a week early. Last minute I tried to reserve to some of the “Vacant” places but they were also actually full. So I reserved for one place that had a table and felt lest sympathy about. Shane and I dragged ourselves all the way to the 19th district (never been to this districts before) to find out we really don’t like the place at all, even not enough for a 21euro for two complete menus. We left and went out to look for something else. After almost loosing hope, I remembered Roy recommended me of a place in the 19th, Les Grandes Tables Du 104, we went to check it out. The restaurant was huge, located inside an art establishment holding shows and interesting stuff. It was mostly empty but we liked the look and the smell so we asked to sit. “Complete” said the waitress. Which was weird but not too much for Paris, it happened before. Well, we walked around and came back to beg for a sitting. Not taking no as an answer! After a nicer guy (could be the shift manager) went to check with the kitchen, we were allowed to sit down. Victory!
What I loved about this meal is trying to discover what we eat while eating it. We only had the french menu and too proud to ask anything (Shane already told the waitress and a couple that was sitting next to us that we are culinary students). Every little thing had to be tasted carefully and understand deeply. It was an adventure and overall everything was pretty good. “My ciboulette is not cisolé good enough” said Shane justifiably and “The branoise of the courgette is a mess, we can do better then that!”, well it’s not a Michelin restaurant but with a Michelin chef (Fabrica Biasiolo) there’s still room for improvements.