When it comes to French cuisine, “if it’s second, no one dares to be first”, but of course it’s also one of the best cuisine in the world.
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So, when referring to French tourism, in addition to talking about going to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower or admire the charming Mona Lisa, going to the Loire valley to visit splendid castles, or coming to Bordeaux in September to see local people harvesting grapes and crops, traveling to France is also about enjoying the scrumptious cuisine of Western civilization!
I’m not a food expert, nor a food blogger. But I have a very… gluttonous ego, so wherever I go, I like to go to many (hundred) year old restaurants, try traditional dishes, or simply… eat all in everywhere I visit. This time, my family and I had a memorial lunch in Paris!!!
But because there was not enough time to enjoy all the delicacies of French cuisine, so during the 2-day trip to Paris of my family in early September 2019, I only had enough documents to write some brief reviews about the restaurants that I had the opportunity to experience in Paris this time.
Review of Restaurant La Gauloise Paris
Address: 59 Av. de la Motte-Picquet, 75015 Paris, France
Hours: 12–3PM, 7–11PM
Getting there: Take Metro numbers 6, 8 and 10 to La MOTTE – PICQUET GRENELLE station, then walk about 5 minutes to get there.
Price: Lunch set menu from 27 Euro – 32 Euro/person
I knew about this place through an article on O’bon Paris magazine about the review of Restaurant La Gauloise, but it was a translation post from a foreign language. Fortunately, La Gauloise is located very close to the Airbnb apartment where my family stayed on this journey, only about 10 minutes walk. So, my family had a lunch here for convenience.
Restaurant La Gauloise on Saturday afternoon didn’t seem to be crowded, but when I looked up more information about it on the internet, I saw people recommend booking a table in advance through The Fork app. You can download this app, reserve a table and earning points to get discounts for the next visit or there are also restaurants that have promotions for certain days or times of the day.
After booking a table at the time I was at the Oslo airport to flying to Paris, my family and I took a leisurely walk to the restaurant from the Airbnb.
Decoration & style
As soon as I stepped in, I fell in love with the interior decoration style – the true style of a French restaurant (rumored) with over a hundred years old. The interior is cozy in the old continent style, looking both luxurious but not so luxurious that could make diners be “overwhelmed”.
When dining at La Gauloise, in my experience, you can dress smart casually and dine here without worry of being invited out by the wait staff, or if you dress too simple, you also won’t be afraid of judge!
A little more about going to restaurants in the West: There are many restaurants or even bars, night clubs, etc. that have a dress code for diners. At many restaurants, especially in France and Italy, may not accept guests who dress too casually (shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops) or do not conform to the dress code rules by the restaurant.
Menu & dishes
For lunch, the restaurant will offer a set menu, including 2 options:
- Full menu of 3 starters, main course and dessert for 32 Euros/person, or
- 2-course menu (starter and main course, or main course and dessert) for 27 Euros/person.
With each option, the menu only has 2 options (2 types of appetizers, 2 types of desserts…), so you won’t have to waste time thinking and choosing. However, the evening menu will much more spectacular, with about 6-7 dishes for each option, not to mention the accompanying wine menu.
We ordered a 3-course set menu and the restaurant started surprising my family at “max level”!
Just sat down at the table less than 5 minutes, the waiter brought out a beautiful little tray like the one in the picture, and this dish, with my “superb” French ability and the “excellent” English of the waiter, I… didn’t know what it is, just know that it was very delicious, and is a free dish the restaurant invites guests!
This dish has a creamy texture, half salty and half sweet, with shredded cheese inside, and especially spread on the restaurant’s bread is very catchy! I’ve eaten bread for a few seasons in Norway, and when I went to Paris, I saw that French bread (baguette) is really a top product!
Appetizer – Raw shrimp mixed with sesame oil & pureed beans
Raw shrimp sounds a bit… wrong, but here they make it so delicious and fresh that there is no fishy smell at all, but only the sweetness and firmness of chilled fresh shrimp, the aroma of premium sesame oil blending with pureed beans and mixed with beans which was very fleshy, greasy and cool without being mushy.
It’s been almost a week since I returned to Norway, but every meal I eat with the smell of sesame oil, I immediately think of this dish, and make me so craving. But the recipe is not here, also could not go to Paris all the time, so I have to regret… eat something else!
Main course – Deep fried fish & ratatouille
If you have watched the cartoon Ratatouille, you must have heard of this dish. Ratatouille is a stewed vegetables dish from Provence region (in Southern France), originating in Nice.
This dish is rumored to be easy to say, but difficult to make it delicious, just like in the cartoon, the little mouse ends up making a portion of ratatouille that the grumpy old critic ate a delicious bite…the fork was drop, haha!
But I did not drop the fork. Be like me, LOL.
Honestly, I don’t know what was fish, just guess it’s river fish because the taste is different from sea fish. 3 people were served 3 pieces of fried fish, no bones left, no fear of choking. Underneath the fish was a portion of ratatouille with sauce.
I’m a person who doesn’t like to eat vegetables very much, but this dish was full of vegetables I don’t like such as eggplant, zucchini anymore, so for me, this dish is most attractive at all, especially the part of fish.
Dessert – Chocolate mousse with raspberry
After being too full (but not drunk, because at noon, I was afraid of getting drunk, so my whole family… drank pure water), my family continued to sit while waiting for the dessert to be served.
By the time the dish was served, everyone was already full, and it was chocolate again, so my parents were a bit bored. But actually all three of them ate their part, because it was so delicious. Sweet but not greasy, just enough for a “happy ending” for this lunch.
Bonus – Madeleines
It seems that the diners from afar are so delicious, that after paying the bill for a total of 96 Euros/3 people, the waiter brought out an extra tray of freshly baked madeleines with buttery aroma, accompanied by three small pieces of chocolate candy.
I was a bit surprised, saying I didn’t order this. The waiter smiled, said that this is a treat from our restaurant! OMG, how cute is that!
Summary of the review of Restaurant La Gauloise Paris
This restaurant is suitable for family dining or romantic dinner. Like Paris and all of France, this is not a place to go (and eat) alone.
Because it’s lunch, the price is like that, but the dinner menu will definitely be more expensive, not to mention you may order more wine, so the price may be higher than I paid. If you want to experience French cuisine here, you can estimate a fee of 40 Euro/person.
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