That textured wallpaper with the retro cabinet is any interior enthusiasts’ dream combo.
Anyways I had to get up in the end, for lunch. Even my motivational PJ didn’t help me to get up early.
Morning person pyjama from Wildfox:
So we headed out for lunch at the Arpège. Situated on the beautiful rue de Varenne, a stone throw from the Musée Rodin, the Arpège is 3 Michelin-starred creation of Alain Passard. If you decide to spend a day at the Rodin museum, and are in the mood for some serious fine dining, culinary adventure, the place has to be the best answer to your prayer.
The restaurant adopts a very classy, understated elegance. The very much all white front without any obvious signage sticking out of the wall made it easily overseen by our driver. But we found it anyway, and on time too(thank god).
Vegetables take place of the usual choice of fresh flowers on the tables. And the thick and heavy wine book(/dictionary) says a lot about what kind of place this is too.
I’ll leave it to you to make up your mind about whether it’s yay or nay for broccoli as a centre piece.
We went for tasting menus, but my friends went for a menu with meat, the other with fish, while I requested all vegetarian.
Soon after the orders were made, the dishes came in small tasting portions, none stop with a great flow from one to the next. The amount of service staff was more than the number of customers in the room at a point. Everybody made sure an empty plate was immediately replaced with a full one, and that every customer’s glass was filled at a satisfactory level. Every dish was utterly creative, something that’s likely new to your tastebud, but at the same time simple, fresh and pleasant. My personal favourite, or most memorable dishes had to be the beetroot nigiri, vegetarian lasagne with argon oil, and one of the desserts with marinated orange topped with Sichuan peppers.
The whole lunch developed into an unforgettable 4-hour dining experience. In the end we were all left way too full to finish all the desserts, and a good walk in the neighbourhood was desperately in need.