After doing intense research looking for a nice, but not too pricey restaurant near the Tour Eiffel, I found a mention of Pasco. Unfortunately, when we got there, they didn't have a table outside, however after the owner saw our disappointment, made sure to give us a table as close to the outside as possible. Turns out, the space inside is incredibly welcoming and very well designed. The owner was very friendly, and literally explained every item on the menu. (we don't speak French). The FOOD. Incredible. The best food that we had in Paris. French fused with spanish cuisine. Brilliant. I highly recommend this restaurant.
We visited Invalides and stopped by this restaurant both years we visited Paris 2011 and 2012. It was that good! Excellent Prix Fixe lunch menu and pretty affordable. Upscale, quiet, not touristy with amazingly flavorful and unique dishes. Some of the waiters do not speak English well but there was always someone who could. An older gentlemen walked us through the menu and explained everything very politely. We were very curious about the "andouilette" (colon sausage) which we heard so much about and he delicately steered us away from it as it sounded like an acquired taste. Lunch here was not too crowded.
The atmosphere is polished, but not too stuffy. Service is wonderful. The food here is incredible. Fresh, delicately prepared, amazing depth of flavor. I had the most fabulous seafood risotto, chilled lentil soup and prawns here. Each dish is a sublime explosion of textures and flavors. I will never forget this place. It is definitely a foodie experience that you must try! I hope to visit again! Check out my photos for more details.
The food was delicious and the wait staff were extremely friendly. We had one of the best meals of our trip here. I had lamb with polenta. My girlfriend who is a vegetarian ordered assorted vegetables (which was off the menu). She absolutely loved them. They arrived in three separate bowls and were perfectly sautéed. Will definitely return to this place next time we are in Paris.
We attempted to come here one night on our visit to Paris and were turned away because we didn't have reservations. As we were leaving, a couple dining inside overheard us and didn't hesitate to tell us we should come back with reservations, because their meal was just that good. So, we took their advice and came back the next evening. Lesson learned: MAKE RESERVATIONS!
We certainly had an unforgettable meal at Pasco. The food was very tasty and well prepared. For starters, I ordered the eggplant, and my hubby ordered the melon salad. Both were probably the best starters we had on the entire trip. My eggplant was perfectly roasted and extremely flavorful. Don't think I've ever had eggplant prepared better than that. My hubby's salad was so refreshing. The dressing complimented and brought out the sweetness of the cantaloupe.
Our entrees were just as delicious. I had the braised duck with mashed potatoes. At first I was confused because all I saw was a mound full of mashed potatoes on my plate, but a HUGE serving of super tender duck was buried underneath. My hubby had a steak with roasted veggies. The meat was cooked perfectly and had a very flavorful sauce.
For dessert, we got the profiterole with hazelnut ice cream and hot chocolate sauce. Hands down, the best profiterole I've ever had. Definitely a must for dessert.
Not only was the food delicious, but the portions were actually pretty generous. Pricing is reasonable for the quality and quantity of food you get. The service was very good and the overall atmosphere was nice. Highly recommended!
After visiting Napoleon's tomb, Musee de l'Armee, and discovering that two other museums we wanted to see were closed (it was Monday), we took a stroll in Les Invalides. Besides the fact that the buildings were superb, we decided to tuck into Pasco for a French meal.
I ordered the plat du jour, which was sweetbread with polenta and wild mushrooms. Now in Arabic cuisine, we're accustomed to eating testicles, but the French version is definitely something else. Crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside, well-spiced and just delicious. I picked on my friends' plates which were if I remember correctly: sea bass, lobster and beef medallions. All three were just as good, but I'm happy that I went with my plate. I washed it down with yummy raspberry sorbet, although it was something like 6 degrees (Celsius) outside!
The service is also good (remember that the French cook to order, so everything is slower than what you're used to). But the waiter was super friendly, the place itself was very cool, and the restrooms (you must try to go into each restaurant's restroom - they're always creative and fun!) had these cool doors that make you pause before knowing which stall to get into.
Generally, I felt like I was paying 30 euros for a meal that tasted like it costs double that amount!
Everything we ordered was fantastic!
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