Since cheese, crusty bread, and wine are the cornerstones of French cuisine, it’s fast becoming one of my favorites. But food from the Western European country is much more than pre and post dinner treats. With each region contributing it’s own style, French cuisine has become a global mainstay for foodies. Below are some of my picks for this week’s Gastronome Wednesday ~ Ooo La La French!
Le Stella, Paris
No list is complete or can start without honoring the country that started it all. And you’ll find the best that French cuisine has to offer at Le Stella. Among the last independently owned establishments it’s aristocratic character and charm add to the gastronome experience. With signature dishes like escargots, steak tartar, and onion soup, visitors are sure to feel as if they’ve stepped back in time.
Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA
Exquisite signature dishes like onion soup prepared with Dungeness crab and coconut and Kona abalone are what sets the Melisse apart. With an amazing wine list and the Santa Monica beach as a backdrop it’s no wonder it’s a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
Balthazar, New York City
With its unique interior and seafood bar packed with the freshest seafood in New York, Balthazar is the place where French food lovers can feel like they’ve traveled to France. Pair the fresh brasserie dishes with one of their 200 wines and you’re in for a perfect night out. Definitely try the moules-frites…TO. DIE. FOR.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Yes, even in Singapore you’ll find the best that France has to offer at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. The unique 10 course discovery menu includes esquisite samples of Foie gras custard, cod with artichoke pickle tomatoes, and Wagyu skirt steak. Larger parties are treated to a chefs’ performance in the impressive open kitchen and the presentation and service are second to none.
Do you like French cuisine? Have you had it an any of these restaurants? Share your experiences with us.