A Glid­ing Meal

Where Paris - - Dining -

There are few ex­pe­ri­ences of Paris more ro­man­tic than a night cruise on the Seine, since most of the thirty-seven bridges that cross it are beau­ti­fully il­lu­mi­nated after dark, as are such famed mon­u­ments and churches as the Eif­fel Tower and the cathe­dral of Notre Dame. The Yachts de Paris, at­trac­tively fur­nished with an­thracite-and-blue car­pet with an art-deco mo­tif and leather tub chairs set at com­fort­ably spaced white-linen dressed ta­bles or­na­mented with pot­ted or­chids, of­fers you a first row seat to the city. In such a set­ting, the amuse bouche, or in­tro­duc­tory hors d’oeu­vre, served as the gas­tro­nomic sex­tant for the meal, and in this case it did so beau­ti­fully. A fresh and very ap­peal­ing quenelle of dressed crab­meat with diced mango and puffed quinoa ex­hib­ited real so­phis­ti­ca­tion and was very sat­is­fy­ing. Next, the starter of Cana­dian lob­ster medal­lions with daikon and mush­room milk was de­li­cious, too. The main course of roast chicken served in two cour­ses, the first with chest­nuts and parsnips, the sec­ond with sautéed foie gras, was suc­cu­lent, flavour­ful and deeply sat­is­fy­ing. Mean­while, the beauty of Paris glid­ing by in slow mo­tion was spell­bind­ing, as was the Eif­fel Tower in its glit­ter­ing el­e­gance, per­fectly timed for the ar­rival of our ex­cel­lent dessert, a de­li­cious choco­late Eif­fel Tower filled with black­cur­rant gelée. – A.L Yachts de Paris Pont Henri IV (4th), 01 44 54 14 70

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