Saturday, August 27, 2011

Le Jaguar

A brief post about a spectacular meal. The best we have eaten in France to date, for sure. Hands down. The restaurant is Le Jaguar, a kosher meat restaurant in the 17th.  Conveniently just a 10 minute walk from our apartment.  We had been wanting to go there since before we arrived, and now we know why.

Beef carpacchio - soft, smooth, delicate, delicious

I heart lamb

How can the evening end any better than with a warm chocolate cake with molten chocolate inside?

One of our dining companions' dessert - banana guacamole (gotta love the name) and lime/banana something
As the photos indicate, everything was beautifully presented and equally if not more delicious.  One note about French dining - credit to Mr. Oil for this one.  People often complain about poor service at French restaurants. What Mr. Oil pointed out is that the complainers are generally Americans who want everything to come quickly, and who expect dinner to take an hour or so.  Parisians expect dinner to last 2-3 hours, at least.  Dinner is the main event, so you don't want the waiter hovering about.  They are leaving you alone to enjoy your food, drink your wine, and chat with your friends.

Now, some of you cynics may say that this is simply putting a spin on mediocre service. I say - shhh, pour some more wine. 

In our case, we had ample time to savor our rack of lamb, appreciate the Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and have a lovely time catching up with the Newman family from Akron, Ohio.  Le Jaguar - we'll be back.