Eleven Johanneans joined our first restaurant trip in 2014. We had lunch at Le Parisien, a French restaurant in West End. Many items on the menu are a novelty to some of us e.g. croque monsieur/madame, quiche, bourguignon. Guillaume, one of our foodies from France, patiently explained to us what each dish contains and tastes like. We were curious about everything and it took us a while to decide what to order.
Many of us were interested in duck confit. We learnt that confit is a way to prepare food in oil or syrup, which is a specialty of Southwestern France. Those who had duck confit salad or egg’s benedict were all very happy with the unique taste. As for me, I tried quiche, a pie-like pastry with custard and cheese. I love the flaky crust and savoury filling! One of us had mussels marinieres, and I still remember how Guillaume demonstrated his special way of removing the shells.
We were already quite full after the first dish, but how can one resist desserts? We ordered a few items to share and sample. Crème brûlée, chocolate mousse and cheese plates marked the end of our fabulous lunch. My happy palate tells me that I’m fully energized for the challenges in the new year!