France is an unquestionable world’s culinary reference and Paris is the main protagonist of it. But when we think of French cuisine, we normally have in mind the “international cuisine”. Well here I present the most traditional Parisian dishes for you to have a better idea of what I am talking about.
Keep in mind that just as the aesthetics of the city, Parisian food is full of soft textures and bright colors, as well as meat and herbs as main ingredients.
Entries or “entree”, as they say in French. It is common to find very fresh salads with fine vegetables, as well as pates (specially the foie gras), herbs and in some cases some vegetable soup.
Main dish or ” plat de résistanse”. Usually consist of meat or fish, potatoes, rice, pasta and vegetables perfectly cooked as an accompaniment.
Duck à l´Orange is one of the most famous Parisian specialties. The ideal place to test both, the foi gras and the duck à l´Orange is Au Petit Sud Ouest, located at number 46 Avenue de la Bourdonnais or at la Cordonnerie, rue Saint-Roche 20.
Omelettes stuffed with mushrooms, ham or cheese, are also very traditional in Paris.
When it comes to seafood, and although Paris is not located on a coast, the capital of France is the right place to give yourself a treat. Fish, shellfish and crustaceans are a delight to our palates. One of the best places to ear seafood is L’Ecailler du Bistrot, located at number 22 rue Paul Bert.
Another traditional dish is called Quenelle, which is made of flour, egg and milk and served with béchamel and accompanied by beef or some kind of bird.
If you want to have vegetables for the main course, Ratatouille is your dish. This is a good mix of all kinds of vegetables fried in olive oil and seasoned with Provencal herbs or with some rosemary or thyme. Le Terroir Parisien at number 20 rue Saint-Victor or Le Deux Magosts at number 6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, are some of the best places where you can enjoy the best Parisians dishes of this kind.
If you love cheeses, you are in the right city. The famous Camembert, Brie de Meaux, Coulommiers and Crottin de Pontoiseare are the ones you want to try.
As for desserts, chocolate is an important part of the French diet, especially, so you have to try the chocolate mousse, or the profiteroles topped with chocolate sauce. The best place to start this chocolate journey is at Cafe Constant at number 139 rue Saint-Dominique. Another very famous Parisian dessert is pain perdu, which went from being a very homemade preparation and, which was usually eaten for breakfast, to a very rich dessert served in many restaurants in the city like at Les Enfants Perdus, located at number 9 rue des Récollets. And for those who prefer citrus flavors, a delicious lemon cake is something worth trying.
So you know, if you are having a good time staying in apartments in Paris , make sure to try all the culinary delights that only the capital of France can offer.