Friday night started with a sumptuous dinner at Chez Janou Bistrot in the Marais district with friends visiting from New Zealand. This quaint off-the-beaten-path bistro is anything but average and serves classic provencal fair. Their menu boasts seasonal dishes and desserts. They also have one of the largest collections of Pastis–the traditional French anise flavored aperitif. Don’t skip dessert, you’re in for a treat especially if you order the chocolate mousse. I’d love to tell you how it’s served, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Our Kiwi guest raved about his lamb entree and he is a sheep expert so….
After a fabulous dinner we cabbed it to St. Germain (4 euros) and headed to the student hangout, Fu Bar, for some proper cocktails. Apple-martinis all around. These are NOT the horrible bright green apple martinis of home. Their secret recipe captures the essence of apples and cinnamon without all the added sugar and green dye. A perfect after dinner digestif.
Needing to dance off our outrageous food consumption we walked over to Wagg, a nightclub beneath the pretentious restaurant Alcazar. This club is like a grand cave and does not have proper ventilation so dress for summer in New York. The music is eclectic from disco to now. Frankly I don’t think any of us cared too much what the DJ was playing– we were too busy dancing around like madmen. I do recall a small band accompanying the DJ and parading through the dance floor. Ah oui, I also remember my Kiwi friend swinging some girl over his shoulder much to her boyfriend’s chagrin.
Good times had by all, we said our goodbyes and headed home before the rising sun.
Chez Janou: 2, Rue Roger-Verlomme 75003 Paris Tel: 01 42 72 28 41 (make a reservation!)
Fu Bar: 5 Rue St-Sulpice 75006 Paris
Wagg: 62 Rue Mazarine, Alcazar basement, 75006 Paris