If you aren't aware, France has pretty great lunch specials, typically prix fixe. Mme Shawn offers various lunch combination options, with or without starters or dessert. The prix fixe menu that we decided on included a choice of entree, accompaniment, plat and drink, and yes ladies and gents, we are in Paris so that drink can include wine!
House wine, always drinkable in France.
Entree in the States means the main course. In France, it means the starter. The entree portions were fairly large at the restaurant.
Crevettes beignet or fried shrimp
Large plump shrimp deep fried in spring roll wrapper and served with a spicy fish sauce.
Tiny pork and shrimp purses were juicy little bites.
Brochette de poulet or chicken satay as we know it
Served with peanut sauce. It was alright, I've had more tender skewers before at a Thai restaurant.
It had the right flavors but probably needed a bit more heat.
Accompaniments included white rice or noodles.
I went for the noodles which were stir fried with vegetables.
Magret de canard with red curry and Thai basil
We had actually ordered beef curry but this was served to us instead. Definitely not going to complain. The duck was perfectly cooked and was tender. It was still pink in the center when it was served.
Pork sauteed with garlic
My brother in law loved this because it had intense garlic flavors.
Chicken in green curry
Another favorite. The curry sauce was more like a spicy broth than thick sauce.
We ended with a Tiramisu. They added a French twist by wrapping the tiramisu with crepe which I thought was a bit unnecessary as the texture was odd and a little starchy.
Overall, a good flavorful meal at a good price for the amount of food that we got at Euros 15 each. I'd say it was good if I didn't live in the ethnic melting pot that is LA. But hey, if eating Chinese food around Christmas works for Americans, I can see how Thai would work for the French.
Hits: crevettes beignet, canard curry, chicken with green curry
Misses: ain't Palms Thai in Hollywood, needed to turn the heat up a little
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01 42 72 36 06