We loved discovering a bona fide French restaurant in a strip-mall laden, suburban American city. Of course, to enjoy this gem, one must immediately forgive the cringe-worthy location in its horrid architectural conglomeration of an office building. To be fair, that is the only kind of location available in this section of the city. Then one must immediately squint one's eyes as interior atmosphere is decidedly comme ci comme ça. The decor (I believe unwittingly) spoke the word " inélégant " with its black-stenciled cut-outs of Parisian architecture circling the walls overhead with the word "Paris" interspersed -- just in case we forgot that we were in a French restaurant. Ouch! However, if you slip inside and decide not to look up, the candles did glow on tables draped in cloth with cloth napkins. The French music wafting through added to the ambient lighting made for a romantic dinner.
So forget the atmosphere and enjoy the Parisian experience. Our waiter with the authentic accent and attitude -- très magnifique! I am sure it took years of experience to find that balance between gruffness and tact, especially when we provoked him by asking him if he was from Paris when he is actually from Nice. I am sure we were not the first Americans to ask him that. But to be fair, he works in a restaurant called Cook' n Paris. All in all, we were served quite well, and he almost convinced us to break our budget and order the excruciatingly scrumptious sounding specials, but we held out.
The pistachio crusted brie appetizer was outrageous. Whoever thought to do that to brie is a genius. I imagine that this recipe is not original to Cook'n Paris, but still... We enjoyed a pork and chicken dish -- nothing spectacular but very nice and tasted authentic. Serves us right for not ordering the specials, right?! The raspberry mousse was fantastique as well. The dessert tray was just overladen with choices. It is still beckoning me to return to Paris, but since we are on a budget these days, Cook'n Paris is a fine temporary alternative. We will be back -- perhaps on a birthday or anniversary when we can splurge for a special.
The specials were approx $28 for an entree; but approx $15-25 on the regular menu.
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