Not long after we were seated we were brought a refreshing amuse bouche in the form of a cold melon soup.
Co. and I opted for the 3 course 32€ menu, selecting from among the options classified under the headings, 'pour commencer,' 'pour continuer,' and 'pour finir.' There, you've just learned some more French. The carte looked like this (click to enlarge):
A commencer: Nearly seduced by the gambas, I ended up more intrigued by the daurade tartare, accompanied by vegetables, deli style pickles (hard to find in Paris), wasabi, and lime, the latter three being my Achille's (or is it stomach's) heel. This was good, but nothing special until I hit the wasabi, which, when combined with the pickle, adhered to L'Apibo's promise of instinct, curiosity, and spontaneity. Co., ever a lover of the foie gras, selected foie gras (and that's not a carrot, but a piece of melon you see). On a warm night, these dishes hit the spot, even if they came up short of dazzling. Meanwhile, a couple more hearty guffaws and rowdy back pats from our European neighbors across the narrow street at the pizzeria.
ALERT: Don't rush out to get your eyes examined, yes, my tablet camera failed me again and the photos below are blurry. But consider this, if you drink a lot and then go to L'Apibo and keep drinking, this is probably what you food will actually look like.
A continuer: The highlights of the meal fell in this category, with Co.'s bar on a bed of black rice (also hard to find in Paris), tandoori sauce, and eggplant caviar on one hand, and on the other, my stuffed encornet with blettes (chard) and pine nuts. Both of us turned out to be reluctant to swap much of either dish and when we did, it was a jolt, with tastes apparently coming from opposite sides of the globe. Meanwhile, some louder discourse from our European neighbors.
A finir: Summery selections, Co. went with the peaches and I went with the far healthier chocolate, both pretty decent. Meanwhile, more yukking it up by our European neighbors across the narrow street at the aforementioned pizzeria.
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