And then Jego became #1 in our hearts once more. And look…I know we should still be appalled at the chef for flipping out and bulldozing precious young waiters out the door in the middle of a busy dinner service. But you didn’t taste these scallops. And everyone at the table can attest…When we started eating the scallops – you put the whole shell in your mouth like eating an artichoke leaf so you can taste all the delicious buttery wonder-sauce…that’s when you stop caring about anyone else and anything else.
Who even knew that scallops could smell so incredible?
There were two cuts – A portion of pork chop and a cut of fall-part tender pork shoulder, which I could have used a spoon to eat because it practically dissolved upon impact. I wish I knew how to describe the flavor. It’s like if you bit into something and then rainbows came out, followed by a firework, and then glitter. Like that?
I need to work on my flavor descriptors if I ever want to be a non-embarrassing food writer.
Finally, we have reached the dessert course.
Dessert #1: Fresh, fresh, fresh. Incredibly fragrant strawberries, raspberries, and red currants, topped with a creamy strawberry sorbet produced by the strawberries themselves on their honeymoon in the Alps. Topped with crunchy crumbled pieces of pistachio macaron. And no, I didn’t lick the interior of the bowl. That was someone else, and I told them to stop. So embarrassing. People with no self control.
It was me. I licked the bowl.
Speaking of Dessert #2 – If you know anything about Chez l’Ami Jean, it can be none other than the famous riz au lait, rice pudding, claimed by all to be the best in Paris, argued amongst many to be the best anywhere period, end of story. I side with both these groups. Paris, universe, best.
And, to complete the meal, a beautiful, clean, tasty espresso. Perfect ending.
…with cocoa-dusted walnuts.
Chez l’Ami Jean
Address: 27 Rue Malar, 75007 Paris
Phone: 01 47 05 86 89
Hours: Tues-Sat for lunch and dinner (Closed Sun/Mon)