Dining at Reed

June 11th, 2012

After getting settled in the apartment, buying supplies from the local grocery store, and resting, we were ready for our night out on the town.  Our reservation at Reed was a good idea.  It was an easy walk, just a block away.

With an open kitchen and just 20 seats,  it was an inviting space.  Catherine Reed’s Laconche stove with its copper pots of simmering sauces made us feel like we had been invited into her personal kitchen.

Because of a staffing issue, this particular Saturday night, found Catherine the only person available to greet guests, serve and cook.  She jokingly said that it would be a “slow” food night; not necessarily in the timing, but in the dishes that were on the menu.  They were slow comfort foods that were simmering away on their own.  The smells of heady wine braised meats and poultry greeted us at the door.

The menu was short, offering a first course, entree and dessert.  The strawberry compote and carrot cake were displayed under glass on the buffet table near our table.
We started our meal with a Sicillian tomato tart with a crust that was thin and crisp.  The tomatoes were dressed with olive oil and shavings of Parmesan.
Choosing an entree was a difficult decision.  I had the Osso Buco which was tender veal shanks with a tomato sauce and a gremolata of orange, garlic and parsley.  It was served with tender egg noodles.
David had the Cornish game hen with spring vegetables and gratineed potatoes.
Catherine Reed was gracious and her restaurant is a special oasis of calm in this vibrant city.  I look forward to my cooking class with her on Tuesday.
We ended our first evening in Paris with a walk to the Eiffel Tower.  We have left all of the chaos of our initial journey behind us.

11 responses to “Dining at Reed”

  1. Pondside says:

    It’s good to read that you now have your feet under you and are well on your way to a memorable holiday. The meal looked delicious, and just the sort of thing I’d want after a hectic trip and such a change of time zone – comforting, tasty and in a very non-threatening atmosphere 🙂

  2. I like that kind of restaurant where you feel like you are in someone’s home. Can’t wait to hear about your cooking class.

    Enjoying the Eiffel Tower is a wonderful way to end an evening in Paris.

  3. The restaurant looks like a most wonderful place! I wish I had known about that when we were there. Your picture of the Eiffel Tower at night reminded me of Kent’s and my trip there. Beautiful! Enjoy your time!!

  4. Susan says:

    Penny, what a “find” you have in REED. I would have had a very difficult time selecting my entree…very difficult. Dale and I usually always order something different so that at least we can share 2 different items. That is a no-no in France though, eating off each other’s plates. We do sneak it in. Keep enjoying. Hope the weather holds up for you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    may I ask what the typical 3 or 4 course meal costs at this restuarants

  6. marcia smith says:

    looks great- everything you eat in Paris is delicious and everywhere you look it’s beautiful! Have fun!

  7. Lorrie says:

    Glad to see that you are settling in. What a fun experience such a restaurant would be.

  8. katiez says:

    Restaurant duly noted…. Looks like a lovely spot. Hope your cooking class was fun.

  9. looks like a beautiful meal in a gorgeous setting! thanks for sharing!

  10. Now that’s my kind of restaurant… Open, and it all looks outstanding. Delight to have that place so close. imagine we will see it again!


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