Before our recent trip to Paris which was also before the photography workshop in Normandy, I reached out to friends who know Paris well to get suggestions for a special meal in Paris, celebrating Peter's birthday. I am thrilled that they suggested the fairly new La Dame de Pic on the right bank in the 1st Arr., not far from the back door of the Louvre.
"Perfumes and flavours, the perfect pairing" - this is your introduction to La Dame de Pic. Anne Sophie Pic believes each stirs emotions in us and thus she has endeavored to assign a perfume scent to convey the essence of the three menus she has created - menu "Sous-Bois et Epices" (Undergrowth Spices), menu "Agrumes Aromatique" (Citrus), and menu "Terre Safronée" (Saffron). Peter selected the "Saffron" menu and I chose the "Undergrowth Spices" and thus a three hour adventure began.
First however I must try to describe the atmosphere of La Dame de Pic. As you enter the restaurant, you can look through glass on your right into the kitchen where the chefs are preparing today's meals. Everything is spotless against the pure white walls of the restaurant, accented, in the dining room, by large images of medieval maidens whose eyes you can very simply get lost in and bright red flowers. The staff are more than willing to speak English or French and also offer menus in both languages, and they make it very clear that they are there to guide you through this experience without any judgement, making recommendation for wines that will complement specific courses.
Menu "Saffron" included: Peas with a hint of vanilla as a first course,
followed by a soft egg with tomatoes, Blue Mountain coffee and saffron.
The main course of this menu was Veal which we followed with a cheese course.
Dessert was Rum Baba served in a strawberry sauce and was simply divine.
Menu "Undergrowth Spices" began with smoked goat's cheese, basil, peas and lemon, followed by John Dory (a light white fish) flavored with cucumber and green anise.
The main course was a delicious pigeon after which I enjoyed the cheese course with Peter.
My dessert was a green tea (matcha) and hazelnut "opera" that simply worked on so many levels.
This was one of the most unique, enjoyable, memorable eating experiences of my life and we both considered it worth every precious euro we spent on this three-hour lunch. We can certainly understand why the newly opened La Dame de Pic in Paris has earned Anne Sophie Pic one Michelin star. Pic and her family have earned three Michelin stars for their restaurant Maison Pic in Valence France and in 2011 Anne Sophie Pic was recognized as the World's Best Female Chef.
I will dream of this meal and experience for a very long time.