Quite a few people have been asking how we got around France ‘cos of the language issue. I can
Hilarious because whenever we entered restaurants, for example, the waiter would automatically look at Chris (white guy, presumed to be French) first and Chris doesn’t speak/understand any French (though, impressively, he knows Japanese and Indonesian!). So I’d start speaking to them in French about getting a table, or that we have a reservation etc and the look in some of their faces would sometimes be quite priceless 😉 I have noticed, though, that the French really appreciate it when you speak to them in their language.. instead of being a loud-mouth tourist and yakking away in English assuming they know it.
Anyway, a few of us decided on having (another) traditional French dinner in Paris, and based on a French friend’s recommendation, went to Le Petit Célestin (12, Quai des Célestins, 75004 Paris France), a very traditional/local place.. so much so the people there didn’t speak a word of English! Their menu is a daily-changing menu written in cursive on a blackboard that they bring to your table, with around 5 or so options for Entree, Main and Dessert.
Their speciality is actually their Steak, but sadly, they only have that during lunchtimes, d’oh!! Fortunately, their dinner menu looked enticing and we were really pleased with our dishes.
One thing about France is that they LOVE slow dining. Chris and I found that really difficult, and it took us ages to get used to it (not really sure if we ever did, to be honest!) because we personally tend to stuff our faces with lots of food, very quickly. I found that when we take 2-3 hours just to eat a meal in France, I’d get full much quicker and wouldn’t be able to eat as much – d’oh! Then again, I suppose that’s why “French women don’t get fat” – they take the time to savor and enjoy their meal slowly and thus eat far less. A good tip for me 😉
Inside Le Petit Célestin
The 5 of us!
My salmon, looking gross, but it was delicious
Duck breast with roasted sliced potatoes
A veal dish (I think?)
Super creamy chocolate cake/pudding with creme anglais
Awesome creme brulee!
My strawberries with copious amounts of Chantilly cream
Great food, great company 🙂