Foodspotting is an iPhone app that allows people to find specific dishes that they like in any neighborhood that they happen to be in. It is another step in the evolution of the “satisfy me now because I can’t wait” culture that we have quickly learned to take for granted and from which we will expect more in the future. Gone are the days in which we saw the benefit of surveying restaurant reviews and putting careful thought into choosing the restaurant at which we might like to dine, taking into account important factors such as ambiance, service, and cuisine. Now we can consult our iPhone for a quick look at what others have said about a particular dish for which we have a hankering and go immediately to the restaurant that is serving it.
The restaurant served five samplers from its menu for the occasion. For the modest price of 9.50€ we received a plate containing shrimp cocktail, a chicken club sandwich, diced Cantal cheese, a tiny hamburger, and melon balls. We were pleased with the presentation, the freshness, and taste of these samplers and plan to return to the restaurant to dine.
For dessert, we ordered Douceur de Speculoos. The dish consisted of a mound of crumbled Speculoos topped by a disk-shaped layer of whipped, custard-like cream. Three dollops of whipped cream and sliced, fresh strawberries garnished the plate. This is a simple dish, and I thought that it might have been conceived of as a dessert that could quickly be made to serve to a child, but it was a real treat for the sweet tooth that I am!
Cocktails were served at happy-hour prices, including one made with Blue Curacao, gin, lemon juice and lemon-flavored soda pop (the latter is called limonade in French). Another cocktail that I enjoyed was made with chocolate and coconut liqueurs.
For the event, dining tables had been placed at the front and sides of the room, leaving a space in the center so that people could gather there for cocktail chit-chat. The restaurant does not have any curtains or carpet to absorb sounds. Animated conversation and jazz playing over the sound system combined to make the room quite noisy.
As stated above, we plan to dine again at this restaurant, order from the menu, and write a review of our experience there. The review will be posted on our Paris Insights restaurant review page and will be available for your perusal…that is if you can wait that long!
46, rue Jean-Pierre Thimbaud
Metro: Parmentier (Line 3)
Open Mon to Friday Noon – 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Open Sat 6:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Open Sun Noon – 3:00 p.m.
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