What happens when you spend your birthday in your most favorite city, in a building that is listed as a Historic Monument and the previous owner, Nicolas Flamel, was a character in one of the best-sellling books of all time. And to top it all, excellent food, wine and a romantic ambience in a museum setting.
Simply a gastronomic experience with the man of your life, where your heart sings with joy everytime a dish is served and you wish that this exquisite moment lasts forever!
I did my research and the reviews are fantastic! Even H thanked me profusely for having found this gem of a place.
This is the restaurant where Nicolas Flamel and his wife, Pernelle, lived in the 15th century.
Legend goes that he and Pernelle achieved immortality by discovering and drinking the Elixir of Life. He also invented the Philosopher’s Stone, a magical rock that could turn metal into gold.
The character of Nicolas was used by JK Rowlings in his first Harry Potter novel as the wizard of “Hogwart School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”. If you have read the novel or watched the film “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (the U.S. title is “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s), then you must be familiar with the name. That’s him.
The facade of the restaurant still has this old inscription which says:
We, ploughmen and women living at the porch of this house, built in 1407, are requested to say every day an ‘Our Father’ and an ‘Ave Maria’ praying God that His grace forgive poor and dead sinners.
These ancient engravings on the outside walls are very visible.
At the end of the street, this marker tells the history of Nicolas Flamel’s house.
It’s also listed as a historic monument being the oldest house in Paris.
This is the wooden beam interior where the white tablecloths and candelabra candles ooze with romantic charm.
What a better way to start the gastronomic experience than this refinedly presented “Amuse-Bouche” literally means “tickle the mouth”. This is the salmon and potato ball accompanied by a fruity sauce and a savory butter finger.
It definitely tickled our appetite!
Entrée 2: Divine foie gras that melts in the mouth…
Entrée 1: A bed of young salad greens drizzled with a vinaigrette of coriander and mango. Awesome!
A piece of French bread that accompanied our meal. Even that tastes like it was baked in a magic oven.
Main dish 1: Veal cooked rare with a mousse of saffroned celery. The veal was of the highest quality, pink but tender.
Main dish 2: Filet of sea bass with vegetables in season. Equally delicious!
Dessert: Vanilla-bourbon ice cream and orange liqueur chocolate soufflé. Delightful!
Dessert 2: Verrine of citrus-flavored cream, with caramel. Hmmmm…ethereal…
And to accompany our espresso, white chocolate!
but wait, it’s not only pure white chocolate. There’s the concoction of ground almond on the other side.
The serving dish is a slate tile similar to the roof tiles they use in mountain houses. Slates are hewn from mountain rocks.