France offers such diversity of food and wine with specialties from every corner of the country. Other than the famous Brie de Meaux and the appropriately less famous red wine from Montmartre, I was unaware of the many specialties from Paris -- for which this restaurant of famous chef Yannick Alléno is becoming known.
We started with Spinelli's Parisian mushrooms stuffed with escargots in a watercress butter sauce. They made us happy to be there. The wines we selected by the glass were mercifully not from Paris but sauvignon blanc's from the Loire and the Yonne, a Saint Bris. My wife had cabillaud (cod) filet served in a fresh tomato compote. I had the navarin d'agneau, basically a very tender lamb stew with small potatoes, carrots, peas and haricot verts. The sauce was fragrant and magnificent to finish with a crust of bread. A glass of 2009 merlot from Lalande-de-Pomerol was a tasty match. We were both very pleased.
Instead of dessert, we opted for the plateau de frommage. Guess what? The four cheeses were all from the area around Paris! A brie de Meaux of course, plus two other cow's-milk cheeses, each different in texture from the other, and one goat's-milk lovely with a bleu center. A fruity glass of 2012 syrah-grenache-carignan from the excellent Roussillon winery Clos de Fées called Les Sorcières polished off a fine meal at this modern, attractive and thoroughly delicious restaurant.
Three final notes: 1) though the wine list offers many splendid bottles, this is one restaurant where wines by the glass are both well selected and well priced; 2) the service was correct and prompt. We took our time to select both our dishes and the wines. Once selected, we received attentive service -- you can set the pace; and, 3) the waiters do speak English. We are Americans but asked to be served en français. No problem.
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