La Fourchette du Printemps

Visiting La Fourchette du Printemps was the highlight of my trip to Paris earlier this year. Even though it didn’t have a website (zut alors!), its Michelin star and the reviews were good enough to risk it. I even rang France and booked a table for two in advance, and I used French!

After a ten minute walk from Malesherbes Metro, north-west of the city centre, we found La Fourchette du Printemps on a quiet but smart residential street.

The interior was small and unassuming but beautifully presented. The waitress made us feel very welcome, and my basic French served us well as she was kind enough to explain each course in excellent English throughout the meal.

There was room for thirty or so covers but at 1pm on a Saturday there was only us and a table of six locals to serve. However, when I had tried to book for the evening the week before, the restaurant was fully booked. A excellent sign.

We decided to have the tasting menu as this is always exciting and full of variety. Zee French call this ‘Menu Dégustation’ and it consisted of two entrées, two plats and two desserts for €75 per person.

We also started the meal with a cocktail which was quite splendid as we hadn’t eaten at all that morning!

Refreshing cucumber and courgette starter with parmesan. It was lovely but unfortunately we can’t remember what the square base of the dish was at all!

Layered crab and avocado in a tomato sandwich, tightly packed and rich and beautiful. Heavenly fish.

Prawns and John Dory, St Pierre to the French, in a lightly curried foamy soup with peas, carrots and courgettes. This was amazing. It was so beautiful and I wanted more more more.

Lamb cutlet with jus served with a courgette heavy vegetable side topped with parmesan. The tenderly cooked lamb was seasoned wonderfully and I could have totally had another if not for all the previous courses!

Soft and marshmallow-y lemon meringue lightly blow-torched. The pièce de résistance! This was truly amazing and light and fluffy and gooey and lemon-tastic. I was so happy!

Two very clean plates!

Peanut macaroon, chocolate ice cream and caramel fondant served with vanilla cream = a very posh Snickers. Far too rich for me but it was still wonderful and the macaroon was soft and gooey inside, I’ve never had a macaroon that good.

So. So. So. Stuffed. So. So. So. Happy.

All the dishes arrived at a good pace and were perfectly cooked and presented throughout. Looking through the menu, each individual course was very well priced for the quality on offer. I would recommend this restaurant wholeheartedly.

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This is my last Parisien blog, but I would like to mention another restaurant I visited. Les Fables de la Fontaine is also Michelin starred and is situated near The Eiffel Tower.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the food myself but the other half would recommend it. I found the fish dishes quite underwhelming for the price and a little overcooked. However, the food isn’t bad, just not good enough to have earned a Michelin star >>> IMHO. :D.

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L’AOC

At the end of May I went to Paris for a few days with my other half. Whilst there we ate a lot of lovely rich and expensive French food. It was a wonderful trip!

This is the first of a few blogs showing the different restaurants we went to…

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On our first evening we looked for a restaurant near our hotel as we wanted to relax after walking about in the hot Parisien sun. Looking in our Lonely Planet guide, we found L’AOC ten minutes walk away. Located near the Seine and the beautiful Institut du Monde Arabe, L’AOC is a small and welcoming homely restaurant that is as French as France can be.

L’AOC stands for Appellation d’origine Contrôlée, a French concept indicating that an ingredient has been made to strict guidelines in order to protect a food product particular to a town or area. The restaurant specialises in this concept and the result is beautiful, rich, amazing and fattening! We were very happy!

Sam started with the most wonderful croustillant pied, three huge pigs trotters!

I had a frisee aux lardons salad with a perfectly cooked boiled egg and lovely vinaigrette. It was HUGE. I was stuffed before we even got to the main course!



Sam’s main was a massive entrecote normande rib eye steak with mashed potatoes and haricots vert. It was so huge he couldn’t cope with more than two-thirds of the dish. It was a beautiful piece of meat, gorgeous.

My main was confit de canard which was served with sautéed potatoes. It was again a huge dish and I couldn’t finish it all either! It was of course a tremendously cooked piece of duck and I was in heaven.

We felt very fat after that and could not even contemplate dessert! It was a magnificent dinner.

Also, the service was excellent and our rubbish French was rewarded with a lovely waiter who helped explain some of the menu we couldn’t quite understand. I was very proud to remember what ouefs were however! Hoorah for Key Stage 3 French lessons!

Our total food spend was €77 or €111.50 including drinks and water.

And as I like to say… if you can go… go! Paris is only a train ride away!

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