On our 2nd day in Paris (and most memorable), we did a tour of the Eiffel Tower and boat ride on the Seine River. We visited the Eiffel Tower during the day and the views were breathtaking. You can see the Champs-Élysées on 1 side and the Jardin on the other. Afterwards, we went on a boat ride on the Seine River. There is so much history to each bridge that we passed. Our hotel was a 30 minute subway ride from the Eiffel Tower, so we figured we would eat near the Eiffel Tower and head back to the hotel shortly after dinner. D also expressed interest in seeing the Eiffel Tower after dinner. I didn’t know why but didn’t think too much of it.
We walked and walked until we found a restaurant with an appealing menu. We stumbled upon Le Bistrot du 7eme. We sat outside and ordered a bottle of red house wine. The wine was light and dry, went well with dinner. D ordered the arugula and prosciutto salad. It was fresh and was a great start to dinner. I feel like the prosciutto was just the beginning to an amazing European trip (we ate a lot of prosciutto in Italy!).
I ordered the escargot. Being asian, I have eaten snails my whole life but never were they cooked like this! The asian way is with hoison sauce, black beans, etc… The French way is so different. Very buttery and filled with spices! I ate each snail with such joy and I kept dipping the bread in the buttery sauce. By the way, the French sure know how to make bread! Back to the snails…they were cooked well but nothing out of the ordinary. It was the butteriness that made the dish!
For an entree, D ordered the duck and potatoes. The duck was nicely cooked and was not too gamey. The Bearnaise sauce was delicious and creamy. But in my opinion, the star of the plate were the potatoes! They were nice and soft inside and crispy on the outside. I found myself picking at the potatoes and finally, D let me have them lol.
For my entree, I ordered the lamb and french fries. I kind of wish I got some kind of sauteed vegetable but the french fries were still good. Unfortunately, the restaurant did not have ketchup. So weird! I absolutely love ketchup, especially with fries. They did give me some Bearnaise sauce to dip the fries in. Weird but surprisingly good. The lamb was good but not the best. It was cooked right but just didn’t have too much depth.
After dinner, we shared an apple galette and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’m not a big fan of apples but this was nice and light. After dessert, we started to walk back to the Eiffel Tower. D was rushing me and I was full/tired/buzzed (not in any specific order). Little did I know, D had a BIG reason to head back to the Eiffel Tower. At 11pm and 12pm, there is a light show on the Eiffel Tower (it looks like flash bulbs going off all over the tower). I love taking photos and capturing moments, so of course I was taking photos of the light show. D was behind me, doing who knows what. We brought 2 cameras and 1 of the batteries died earlier, so we only had 1 camera to use. I was using that camera and when I asked D what he was doing behind me, he said he was getting the other camera. I thought that was strange but again, didn’t think too much of it. When the light show ended, D told me to make a wish and I did. He then asked if I knew what his wish was. He turned me around and he was on 1 knee. He then asked me to marry him! Tears immediately started streaming down my face. I don’t think I said anything for a minute. In the end, I said yes! This was obviously the most memorable part of vacation.
Le Bistrot du 7eme
56 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg