Monday, April 21, 2008

Chef Pascal Barbot ! ***

Every year our school has a guest chef come to do a demonstration for our class, and to answer any questions we may have. This year, we were able to have Pascal Barbot from L'Astrance*** come ! How exciting ! He came last year as well. My chef and Pascal used to work together at L'Arpège. They were also both on Iron Chef Japan together a few years ago representing Alain Passard (which I still need to watch as it's sitting in my VCR player at home). My chef told us that when we see him, we wouldn't expect him to be a chef. He was right. Pascal is such a cute little man with a smile on his face all the time. He was super nice and demonstrated some fabulous dishes for us.

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Fine lamelles d'avocat et tourteau à l'huile d'amande douce
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Jus capucines
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Petits pois, chorizo et capucines
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Carré d'agneau grillé, choux "Duchy" et curry noir
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Everything was so delicious. I loved the first dish since citrus, avocado, and crab are some of my favorite things, however, the last two dishes had a combination of flavors that were really different - I can't say that I have ever tasted anything similar. It was fantastic and definitely an unforgettable experience.

Pascal's restaurant L'Astrance*** only serves 28 covers a night and is open Tuesday - Friday for lunch and dinner. There is also no menu, and you have to book a couple months ahead of time. Having a restaurant like this has always been an amazing concept to me. Hopefully, I will have the pleasure to dine here this summer.

L'Astrance
Executive Chef: Pascal Barbot
4, Rue Beethoven
75016 Paris
01.40.50.84.40

2 comments:

Ms. Glaze said...

L'astrance is heaven on earth!!! You are SO lucky that you got to work with him. This is absolutely one of the most exciting restaurants in Paris right now.

S Lloyd said...

Indeed, Barbot is a cool gentleman. He has plenty of talent. Did he show you how to make his foie gras/mushroom signature dish (millefeuille au champignons de Paris et foie gras)? Worth the try