Back around mid-May, Co. and I returned for the first time to the Asian restaurant Sala-Thai in a discreet alley in the 13th, where we had a pretty good meal a couple years ago. Sala-Thai is much praised online, although our first trip there was undermined by having all the dishes we ordered brought at the same time. By the time the table was cleared, I scratched my head thinking, what the hell just happened? We didn't repeat that mistake this time, asking for and receiving a more reasonable pacing between plates. Trying to dispel a wet dog smell in the dining hall, we fathomed the rather endless menu. This time the spicy moules (11.25€) weren't as compelling, though still a good start, my fish brochettes (9€; 1st photo below) had the texture of fish (good point), but the distinct taste of chicken (bad point). My pot of Pla op Mordine with cabillaud (11.25€; 2nd photo) was satisfying in the traditional Thai way, with plenty of ginger and coconut. We also ordered the Ken Phed Ped, nice name whatever it was (11.25€), a plate of broccolli (3rd photo; 8.10€), riz gluant (2.10€), jasmine tea (€) and a half bottle of Chinon (7€). At 61.95€, the meal was nothing spectacular, and there are myriad other Asian restaurants in Paris where you probably could do better.
13 rue des F. d'Astier de la Vigerie
6 rue Victor Letalle
'one of the world's best bars' and 'the grooviest bar in Paris, a sensual deity in Haitian voodoo beliefs.' I'm sorry to say, despite the conviviality of the bartenders and the exotic descriptions, the place is a dump, but it did the job. Limited in the gin category to City of London, I was kind of happy to stumble back out into the rain and into the oasis of Le Chateaubriand.
- Pistes, aubergine, framboise, basilic (1st photo below)
- Turbot, fenouil, poutargue (2nd photo)
- Veau (or poisson for the non-meat eater), tomates (3rd photo, fish version)
- 2 desserts: Cerise; Tocino del cielo
12 rue des Goncourt
129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011