The Hidden Kitchen, Paris

Posted on January 13, 2010

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This place is so good that it deserves a whole post to itself. A friend heard about the Hidden Kitchen and we decided it would be great for a celebration dinner of some type (we usually don’t struggle for excuses between birthdays, jobs and moves to other countries) but every time we tried to book, they were full. And I’m talking months in advance here. We finally got a reservation (booked in September) for ten of us in mid December.

The Hidden Kitchen is a husband and wife team and they serve dinner for up to sixteen people each Friday and Saturday night in their home in the 1st arrondissement. For each course, the chef comes and explains the dish that he presenting. His wife presents the wine and explains the match. The food is exquisite and although at 80euros it is more than my usual spend, it was worth every penny. This is what we had:

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Aperitif of champagne with pomegranate

Amuse Bouche of Bombay Saphire granita with a sage leaf in anchovy tempura

Sunchoke soup with brown butter pear jam and sunchoke chips.

Served with 2005 Domaine Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles

Beet and potato carpaccio with savoury fennel porridge

Served with 2006 Domaine D’Aupilhac, Mont Baudile Blanc

Sea Bass with new England Style Fish Chowder and Clams

Served with 2008 Domaine de Trembley, Quincy

Palate Cleanser: Mint Julip Granita

Veal Meatball with House Made linguine, white truffle and lemon

Served with 2005 Domaine Saint Andrieu, Coteaux de Languedoc “Vallongue”


Pork Belly with a horseradish crisp

Brussel Sprouts Salad

Almond cake with Pear Sorbet

Served with 2008 Domaine Cros de la Mure Cotes du Rhone

Mignardises

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