Restaurant Review: Racines Paris
I had a beyond lovely weekend in Paris with about 30 different Duke students from different places all over Europe. We all had such a good time exploring the city and got to do some of the typical cliche Paris activities, including a picnic at the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, and Notre Dame. We had a fabulous brunch every morning, ranging from eggs to yogurt to hot cocoa and everything in between. My favorite meal of the weekend was Friday night, when two of my best friends studying in Paris took me to a tiny but beautiful restaurant near where I was staying called Racines. It was not on a street but rather what is called a Passage, which is a tiny little pathway through buildings that resembles an indoor sidewalk. They're all over the city and are only about 10 feet wide and lind with tiny but charming restaurants. This one had maybe 10 tables inside and two outside, where we sat. The menu was featured on a chalkboard which was placed on our table for us to choose from the 4 appetizers, 3 entrees, and 2 desserts. We ordered our wine based off characteristics we described to the waiter, instead of choosing one off the menu. We ended up with a lovely Chardonnay. For our meals two of us ordered a codfish with a wasabi broth and artichoke and the other had the pork with Parmesan polenta. For dessert we had a chocolate mousse with a whipped topping. It was all such high quality and tasty food and it was such an authentic French experience. We got to people watch since we sat outside while also feeling extremely comfortable in the intimate and well-lit setting. My one friend picked Racines because it was featured in Time Out magazine for a must-see in Paris and I would have to agree! We didn't even have a reservation and didn't have to wait for a table of three. It was a wonderful Parisian night!
Photos courtesy of RacinesParis.com