Last night we met long time Bainbridge and Poulsbo residents (now of Port Ludlow) Jeff and Carrie Goller for dinner at Brasserie Gallopin. It was wonderful. We met at the Hotel Scribe where they were staying and walked the 10 blocks or so to the restaurant, including past the Paris Opera, which was ablaze in light.
We all ordered the fixed price 3 course dinner with appetizer, entrée, and dessert. We each had 4 choices for each course, so between us we were able order practically everything and discreetly share. Our waiter helped us to select an excellent bottle of wine, and the service was in every way wonderful, plus they bailed us out with an English version of the menu. Check out the link below to see more about the historic restaurant and menu, as well as the beautiful classic interior of the restaurant.
Jeff and Carrie let us know they were coming to France on vacation. It was so great to see them and spend some time together in Paris. Back home they operate Goller Grade and Gravel, and Carrie is also a well known local artist.
Pictured are two of the main courses. risotto cremeaux de coguillages de Saint-Jacques aux herbs fine (scallops on a bed of risotto) and cuisse de canard rotie, reduction au cassis, endive braisée (roast duck with braised endive.)
We voted Carrie’s, appetizer, ballottine de foie gras de canard au Lillet, chutney fruits secs (duck pate) the best of the 4 appetizers. Jeff hoarded the moelleux au chocolate “Gainduja” Vairhona with glace vanille dessert, Hugh and Carrie had Far
Breton aux pomes Royale Gala, caramel epicé which was fabulous and Brenda had Selection de Fromages.
We noted that diners were arriving to eat dinner as late as 11 PM-just as we were finishing our espresso.
Cindy Garfein says
Hi Brenda and Hugh-
I am enjoying your blog posts and taking notes for when Steve and I are in Paris next year. I like the commentary on what is the “best” as well.
Glad you are having a great time.
Don Merry says
Brenda, can’t take my eyes off your bag ( is that the largest one they had) and those scallops. So very cool you all met and explains why Jeff is not working on our driveway too.
Donna Etchey says
It sounds like you are settling in great, love staying in touch with you. Cheers have a glass of wine for me
Donna Etchey says
Did you know that Paris is the #2 visited city in the world
Hugh Nelson says
Donna, I would have guessed that Paris was number 1, since France has by far the most foreign visitors of any country.
Bob Spader says
Eating is the best reason to travel. I could never get used to how late everyone eats in Europe, especially in Spain. How do they get up for work in the morning?
Hazel Thornton says
Hey, I know the Gollers. Jeff built my waterfall. How interesting to be in a foreign country and meet up with people you know. I thought that only happened in Eastern Washington. Looks like you are having a good time. I hear Spring in Paris is beautiful so you have that coming up soon. Ours actually is starting early. Take care, Hazel
Brenda Prowse says
That is serendipitous! I will make sure and let Jeff and Carrie know that we just sold your mom’s place. They will be back in Paris for a week and we will see them again. I am sooooo looking forward to spring. Best to you, Hazel.
Donna Davidson says
It has been such fun keeping up with your adventures. I have to admit I am a tiny bit jealous 🙂
Say HI to Jeff and Carrie for me. I have known Jeff for years. He went to school with my sister. Very nice people. Keep having a wonderful experience. Donna D