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Sunday, September 19, 2010
We were lucky enough to score a reservation at the popular Hidden Kitchen in Paris last night.
A private supper club run by an American ex-pat couple in the food industry.
Laura and Braden open their home (secret location) to a bunch of strangers every other weekend and have 16 people for dinner! Everyone speaks English and it was wonderful meeting people who love food as much as we (I) do.
It is a 3 hour meal, a seasonal 10 course dinner with wine pairings.
Apperitif and hors d'oevres started at 8 pm, with dessert ending at almost midnight.
I have to say dining at HK was the best dinner we had while our stay in Paris.
Braden is an amazing young chef and his food, as well as his presentation is equal to that of any 4 star NYC restaurant. And Laura's sweet hospitality and dessert made the evening just perfect.
We met people from all over the U.S. who were visiting Paris, some food writers, some bloggers and just people who love food.
We were greeted with a vodka lychee cocktail upon arrival and introduced ourselves to the other guests.
It is a formal sit down dinner and we started the evening w/ an amuse of a gorgeous potato gnocchi w/ beets and creme fraiche. WOW.
The soup was a pumpkin puree over sliced fennel and pear with pumpernickel. HELLO?
A cornmeal cup filled with FRESH FIGS and arugula salad with white anchovies & pickled cauliflower.
You still with me?
There was homemade tagliatelle w/ Rebluchon cheese, and roasted woodsy mushrooms.
Next, a braised pork belly on a walnut turnip puree.
Cleansed our palettes w/ mint sorbet and bourbon jello.
They can cleanse my palette any day.
Braden made a homemade duck sausage served over a red wine risotto w/ braised chard and little grapes.
A Brussels sprout salad w/ red onion and for dessert, Mademoiselle Laura made an amazing shortbread with butterscotch pudding and a beautiful little purple peach!
Each course was paired with a gorgeous wine, white and red.
A very special evening indeed.
If you plan on visiting Paris, try and get a reservation at Hidden Kitchen.
It really was a special treat.