If you were to choose the first time to have a certain dish, I’d say it would be a dream to do so in the place of its origins.
I have spoken of my Contiki trip on this blog before, and one of the things I had the privilege of experiencing during the Paris leg was the great food. On our last night, our tour manager took us to Monmarte to show us Sacre Coeur and to a nice Parisian dinner at La Bonne Franquette.
For my appetizer, instead of French onion soup I chose escargot — my first time — and it was quite an experience. The dish was served with shells on, with a shell holder and a small fork for you to use in taking the snails out (as opposed to those I had everywhere else since, where the snails are already taken out of the shells for you). The sauce was a perfect blend of garlic and herbs, and definitely great for dipping the bread, for which we were reprimanded (playfully) by our gentlemanly waiter for eating right away before our appetizers were served. He was a very funny guy and was teaching us the how to eat French food.
For my entree, I chose duck à l’orange. I was afraid it was going to be too sweet and bitter, which was a combination I do not like in my savory food, but if you’re to try this dish, France is the place.
We had chocolate cake for dessert. A few days before, a group of us were walking around the Notre Dame area and saw a line of people. We were wondering why and on our way back found out that it was a bakery. We decided to find out why and buy treats for ourselves. The sweets were so amazing that the lines were immediately justified. Honestly after that experience I would have eaten any dessert they would have put in front of me in France, although the bakery had better desserts than the restaurant.
It was an amazing dinner full of firsts to end a life changing trip. The best part of course were the people with whom I have shared a lot of laughs with the past few days, we knew we may never see each other again but we knew, we all have changed.
La Bonne Franquette Escargot rating: 9.75 out of 10
La Bonne Franquette duck à l’orange rating: 9 out of 10
La Bonne Franquette chocolate cake rating: 8.5 out of 10
La Bonne Franquette restaurant rating: 9 out of 10