Looking to spend a romantic evening in Paris on our anniversary, The Skinny Chef decided to take me to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and I'm happy to say we enjoyed a delicious and memorable meal. When making the reservation, six months in advance, The Skinny Chef chose to sit at the bar so we could have a view of the kitchen; a view he knew both of us would appreciate. The atmosphere was romantic and quite comfortable for a restaurant serving such high quality cuisine. We have dined at other Michelin Star restaurants and felt a level of discomfort that did not exist at L'Atelier. We were able to relax and enjoy our meal from the delectable L'Amuse-Bouche to the divine Le Chocolat Tentation. Wanting to taste as much as humanly possible, we decided to order the "Discovery Menu," which consisted of ten plates. The menu was built to perfection with each plate hitting a higher note than the previous one. That being said, the meal flat-lined during the gyoza course as it was bland and simply not on the same level as the rest of the food being served. Fortunately, the meal picked right back up when the next plate was served and didn't skip a beat from that point on. Overall, the cuisine and dining experience we had at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon was thoughtful and well executed. We will be sure to dine there again on our next trip to the city of love.
Ahhhh...where do I begin?? El Quim De La Boqueria; definitely one of the best meals of cured meat and fresh fish I have ever eaten! After walking around La Boqueria for two days in a row, hypnotized by the hues of red and glossy white fat of cured meats hung from each stall, enticed by the glistening silver scales and bright eyes of fresh fish, drawn to the firm yet colorful array of crisp fruits and vegetables, overcome by the funky smell of aged cheese, and awestruck by the beautifully crafted sweets that looked too perfect to be edible, I couldn't wait to taste the jamon; and when I did, it was an experience that in truth, words cannot describe. But alas I will give it my best shot. Simply stated, you may have tasted the best cured meats that other countries have to offer, but you haven't tasted anything until you have eaten jamon! Salty and nutty with fat that melts between your tongue and the roof of your mouth, jamon is the pinnacle of pork products. I thoroughly enjoyed every last bite and wanted to order more. Showing some restraint, we decided instead to order a mixed seafood platter consisting of razor clams, little necks, mussels, prawns, sardines, and squid. When sucking on the clams, mussels, and heads of the prawns I was immediately immersed in the Mediterranean as the flavors of the sea overwhelmed my senses. Considering the fact that every single piece of seafood on the plate was expertly seasoned and cooked perfectly, it was difficult to discern whether the unforgettable flavors meeting my palate were a result of the talented hands of El Quim's chef or the god Poseidon himself. Regardless of the reason, this was a memorable meal that left me craving more. And more. And more.