Friday, July 29, 2011

Chez Janou Paris France

The reason why we know about this place, because I have saw and it was featured on Samantha Brown Paris weekend or passport to Europe episode on her travel channel TLC t.v program.
We were seated beside the large window, which was cool. When we came in the restaurant it was empty. Then suddenly people starts coming in and it was packed instantly. Inside this beautiful and sophisticated restaurant offers a sweet mix of provencal atmosphere and that of a typical Parisian bistro
The warm colorful very unique interior decor, red leather seats, wood tables and chairs, with lots of old movie posters not forgetting the chalk board and the mirrors in which the dining room is endlessly reflected.
We started with this garlic pitted olives on the table to snack on, and the waitress brought us a basket of french bagutte.
We ordered 2 appetizer and it came in good sized portion that 2 people can share. These mixed vegetables with melon and prosciutto mozzarella (salade de mâche, melon, jambon cru et mozzarella.) The salty prosciutto was a great match for the sweet melon and vegetables. The fresh mozzarella balls were great texture. The dish was dressed by a thick and sweet balsamic vinegar. It was simple, fresh, delicious and perfect appetizer in a pleasant summer lunch.
The toasted bread smeared with melted brie cheese with green salad coated in citrus dressing (toastades de St Nectaire) it was good! The fresh bagutte was quite interesting topped with melted cheese and served on a bed of fresh salad mixture with citrus dressing completed the dish. It had a wonderful, salty-with-sweet and sour flavor to it.
Next; Our entrees arrived in due time, beautifully presented in generous portions. We had the seared sea scallops on a bed of risotto (risotto d'epeautre et ses Saint-jacques) for my daughter. The rice was cooked in a well flavoured stock to the correct degree of creamy sloppiness. The grilled scallops in a word, huge, rich med-rare were juicy to the bite and excellent. This was superb and magical french meal!
For my main course was a roasted duck breast seasoned in rosemary (magret de canard au romarin) garnished with mushroom, potato medallions and caramelized sweet sauce. My generous size duck breast, the skin was crispy cooked perfectly, the meat was tender and quite juicy. This is devine and I liked it the way it cook.
And my son selected the grilled fish fillet in pesto (bar grille au pistou) garnished with beautiful sauteed vegetables medley and lemon. The delicate white flesh under a crisply roasted skin allowed the full flavour to shine.
Since my husband wanted to eat beef steak (entrecote bistrot) our waitress highly recommended one of the specials, which was their special bistro steak loaded with baked potato and tartar sauce. The bake potato it was very creamy texture were extremely good, and the steak was unusually tender and juicy. We enjoy when your server is honest and makes good recommendation.
For dessert, is the famous and massive mousse au chocolat or chocolate mousse. It was perfect and this is undoubtedly the best chocolate mousse we have ever eaten.
They bring you this huge bowl or gallon size and you can spoon as much as you want on your plate for just 7euro.
To finished off with a tangy-creamy cafe creme. Overall the food was enormous proportion, but simple very delicious and worth to visit, the service was pretty constant. Ambience was great although it can get pretty noisy due to its popularity. We though it was so hard to find a delicious-satisfying french meal in Paris. In behalf of Samantha Brown we strongly recommended Chez Janou if your are planning to visit Paris.
Chez Janou Restaurant
2 Rue Roger Verlomme 75003 Paris France


Betty said...

I must say I'm jealous of those of you who have already experienced Chez Janou. I think Sam made this place more popular.

Anonymous said...

The food at Chef Janou it was the best in Paris & the chocolate mousse here is much bigger & alluring than Kim Kardashian's butt.

Anonymous said...

I had not read this blog before going to Paris, but a friend recommended Chez Janou. He and this blog are correct. The food, atmosphere and staff were delightful. I ordered the Salade Janou, the risotto with scallops, and the chocolate mousse. I can only say WOW! One recommendation for a final drink is a shot of the liqueur Joseph Cartron "Melon" (well chilled). It was described to me as a great second dessert. I couldn't think of a better description. Enjoy.