Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ledoyen ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


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The three Michelin star Ledoyen is one of the oldest restaurants in Paris.
Like 221 years old already!



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It is housed in a two-storey pavilion decorated in neo-classical style. I thought it was a bit dated,
but still elegant 



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The dining room had huge bay windows that gave diners a perfect view of the gardens.
Everyone was handsomely dressed. I wanted to die in my jeans and FitFlops! Lol! :D



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Service was a bit stuffy and rigid but never cold. It matched the old school classical air of the
place rather perfectly. Romantic candlelight dinner for me! Yay! :) 



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 I ordered the Menu Decouverte to get a taste of Chef Christian Le Squer's signature dishes.
His style of classical French using modern techniques was evident throughout the meal.



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The amuse bouche came in the form of beautiful pieces of art presented on a black slate block.
Is that cool or is that cool??? The server advised me to start from left to right for best effect.
Campari and orange ginger bubble, comte cheese puff with cepe mushrooms,
foie gras brûlée and raspberry sandwich, vegetable roll with poppyseed 



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Radish and squid ink chips 


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Champagne D de Devaux le Rose



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The breads were fantastic. HELLO, FRENCH BUTTER!!!



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Beef jelly consommé and horseradish granite, peas and beef mince



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Grosses langoustines Bretonnes, emulsion d'agrumes
Fresh and succulent Brittany langoustine tail with citrus fruit emulsion of lemon, orange,
grapefruit, coriander and olive oil. Resting on the langoustine was a crispy kadaif ball
filled with more of the shellfish.



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Ballot-Millot & Fils Meursault Les Criots 2008



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Blanc de turbot de ligne juste braise, pommes rates truffées 
This precisely cut block of turbot decorated with strips of black truffle and squid ink crumbs
was a beauty to behold. The fish was cooked perfectly and rested on a bed of potatoes
swimming in a truffled beurre blanc sauce. As sharp as it looked, I found the taste a bit dull.


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 Maison Nicolas Perrin Condrieu 2010



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Ris de veau en brochette de bois de citronnelle rissolee, jus d'herbes
Roasted veal sweetbread skewered with lemongrass stalks and
sprinkled with sweetbread crumbs resting on a puddle of herb sauce.  



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This sweetbread was such a revelation. Crunchy on the outside and super creamy inside.
Beautiful, aromatic and decadent. If you must have only one dish at Ledoyen, let it be this.
So sinfully good I felt a need to go to confession after I shamelessly molested this delectable organ.



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 The vavavoom cheese tray



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 I asked for the stinkiest three


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Anyway, I won't be kissing anybody that night :P



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Yeast ice cream, white caramel sheets and egg white meringue.
The ice cream was yumminess, but I thought the jagged sheets were
a bit troublesome to eat. Lol!



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OMG! The mignardises were served on a meringue pillow!
My favorites were the creme brûlée-basil truffle and the strawberry-lemon mousse tart 



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Croquant de pamplemousse cuit et cru au citron vert
Layers of candied campari orange marmalade, grapefruit marinated in honey and lime,
cylinders of citrus sorbet, topped with feuille de sucre and sprinkled with fresh dill.
This was quite refreshing.



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Chocolate crunch, caramel, creme fraiche
Valrhona ganache filled with nougat and wafer, thick and gooey caramel at the center,
milk mousse on the left and chocolate crumbles on the right. I need not say more.



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 Kouign amann and caramelized nuts



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It was 11:30pm when my 4-hour dinner ended. I swear I tried to walk back
to the hotel, but my legs wouldn't budge under my 300-pound stomach. 



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 Dear Ledoyen, futons would look fantastic under those trees, you know! :D


Ledoyen: 1 Avenue Dutuit, 75008, Paris, France. Tel: +33 1 53 05 10 00

Ledoyen Website 


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