La Fontaine de Mars

La Fontaine de Mars is at 129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris.

I couldn’t leave Paris without having an authentic French meal. My Tita gave a couple of recommendations around the Eiffel Tower area and we picked La Fontaine de Mars, a typical bistro in a 1930s setting. It was also a celebratory dinner of sorts, a lovely treat of my cousin Kris for acing her dental surgery class. Her teacher was so impressed with her skills, especially as a first time surgeon! We couldn’t be more proud.

Fontaine, as it turns out, is a tourist favorite but upon arriving at the cozy two-storey corner building, it was filled with locals already enjoying their meals. We were seated in the second floor with a noisy, animated bunch of about twelve people chatting non-stop, with matching pounding on the table while laughing out loud. Never knew the French could let loose like that!

On to the star of the night, the food.

It’s not a French meal without foie gras. This one was seared to perfection and served with caramelised pears. The combination was mind blowing!

Another must was the escargot. Tasty, nutty and baked to perfection!

My main dish was duck breast with a side of the smoothest, most buttery polenta. I swear I could taste some foie in the sauce. Didn’t complain!

Kris had the free range chicken with rice.

My sister had the beef tenderloin with fries.

Mom had the duck confit.

For dessert, we all shared this canonigo type of pastry. It was light, not too sweet and the perfect palette cleanser.

A few blocks from the restaurant, we walked to the park by the Eiffel and were rewarded with this magnificent view!

Truly one of the most memorable nights of my life.

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