Our first night in Paris, my sister and I were jetlagged and utterly exhausted. Despite grand plans of going out for a multi-course dinner, we just couldn't muster up the energy. Instead we went to a little bistro in the Latin Quarter near our hotel called Restaurant Perraudin. I started my meal with the goat cheese profiteroles which in my opinion is a genius idea for an appetizer. It was deliciously decadent and I don't know why more menus don't have this little gem. My sister and I each ordered the entrecote steak with garlic butter cooked rare. I'm not sure if it was the language barrier, but I think the only two choices we had were rare or medium, which by the way suits me just fine. I like my meat rare (and always think of the Moonstruck quote where Cher says to Nicholas Cage "you'll eat it bloody to feed your blood"). I thought it was cooked perfectly red but warm in the center though my sister claimed that the steak was "dragged through a warm kitchen". Anyway, the steak, salad and frites were perfect for our first dinner out in Paris.
While we were out exploring the vintage shops near the Jardine du Palais Royale, we decided we needed some sustenance and thanks to a quick search we were led to the Hip Paris Blog. If you haven't visited, it's a fabulous blog and helped us to narrow down our options. We ended up deciding that we'd grab some Japanese noodles at Kunitoraya and we were very pleased with our choice. Sis got the noodles with tempura shrimp.
I got a version of noodles with tempura shrimp and veggies that was a wee bit different. They brought me out four plates; one with noodles, one with tempura, one with a sauce and the other with herbs and spices. I was thankful they told me what I was supposed to do with all these plates because I would have been confusted without explanation but I must say my lunch was delicious. All the herbs and the little egg went in the sauce which I then dipped my noodles and tempura in.
I think it's true when people say, you really can't go wrong anywhere in Paris. I'm ready to go back again!