Brasserie FLO Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Brasserie FLO Amsterdam is part of the sprawling Eden Hotel Amsterdam and Rembrandt Square Hotel Amsterdam complex.

Walking you you’re greeted with a large restaurant, white linen covered tables, and immaculately dressed waiters.

The menu is French and Dutch.

For starters I ordered their French onion soup with gruyere and it was good.

For mains I had duck leg which was perfectly cooked and tasted absolutely divine.

To finish off a great meal I ordered the profiteroles filled with vanilla ice cream served with chocolate sauce. It was a excellent way to finish off the meal.

The wine list is pretty good too 🙂 I just had a glass of house red.

Just one further word on the menu, don’t go by the menu on their website. It was uploaded in 2012 by the looks of it and is woefully out of date.

La Luge, Saint Michel, Paris, France

For my final dinner in Paris before heading off to Amsterdam I wanted to dine at a French restaurant that had mostly good review so I chose the close by La Luge.

Walking in about 6:30pm I was the second table to be seated, with only a small trickle of others coming in over the next 90 minutes.

I wanted to make sure I had a typically French meal for my last Paris dinner, to this end I ordered my first Quiche Lorraine for the trip, a main course of Coq Au Vin followed up with a desert of Chocolate Cake with Grand Marnier.

The Quiche Lorraine starter came out quickly and was very light and fluffy and very, very tasty.

Next came my Coq Au Vin. I really enjoyed the taste and made sure I mopped up all the magnificent sauce with the yummy bread.

The Chocolate Cake with Grand Marnier was a perfect desert to complete my last dinner in Paris for this trip.

To drink I had a nice bottle of red from Saint-Hilaire-d’Ozilhan.

All in all, a great dinner before departing the French capital.

Le Bar Du Marché, Paris, France

After a morning walking tour around Le Marais with Paris Walks I headed over to Robert et Louise for lunch only to find that they weren’t open for lunch on Tuesday.

Dan, a Fedex pilot who I met on a couple of the walking tours, was with me so we decided to meander along to see what was open on this May Day holiday.

About a block from Robert et Louise we found Le Bar Du Marché, a typical french sidewalk restaurant.

Paris still wasn’t warm, but it was warm enough that we were able to sit outside.

After much umming and ahhing I ordered the Duck Confit, Dan ordered the charcuterie plate.

To drink I ordered a half litre of Cote du Rhone. As Dan was scheduled to be flying that evening he had to watch me drink my wine while he drank water. He wasn’t overly happy with me 🙂

The meals arrived and I must say they were both magnificent. The duck was cooked superbly, almost falling off the bone. The charcuterie plate was huge, too much for one person, so I dug in after Dan was finished chowing down in great salami, prosciutto and other goodies.

A decent place for a lazy lunch.

Le Saint Séverin, Saint Michel, Paris, France

In Saint Michel you will see the name Severin everywhre… streets, a church, restaurants. Severin was a hermit who lived on the banks of the Seine and the current day Church of Saint-Séverin is built over his tomb.

After a big lunch, a couple of beers, and a crepe & wine for afternoon tea I wasn’t ready to venture out for dinner until quite late. So it wasn’t until about 8 that I stepped out into the cold and darkness to find a meal.

I’d originally planned on going to La Grange Saint Michel but that was boarded up tight. Further down the street was a restaurant that was packed so I had a quick look at the menu and decided to dine here. it is called Le Saint Séverin.

Stepping inside I found a vibrant french restaurant and I was seated beside the front windows that allowed me to see the throngs passing by on the street.

I ordered the standard French Onion Soup for starters and, as I’m always a sucker for duck, ordered a Duck with Pepper dish. For drinks I ordered a half litre, well 460mls actually, of the Castle of Corcelles Beaujolais.

My wine and bread was delivered while I waited for my soup. I wolfed down the bread as it was just so tasty.

Soup arrived, pretty good. Decent taste but much like all the other French Onion Soups I’d had so far.

However, the duck… my, oh my, that was a good dish! The duck was perfectly cooked and came on a bed of the best roasted potatoes I have ever had! I’m guessing that the potatoes were first boiled to soften them, then cut into slices and then smothered in duck fat while they roasted. The result was a crispy potato slice that were fluffy inside! Just magnificent.

Given how much I’d already eaten today I didn’t partake of any desserts.

Service-wise the place is just ok… several times I tried to get their attention to be told that they weren’t my waiter. And at the end of the meal when I asked for the bill that took way to long to arrive. Maybe I just hit the place at it’s busiest time.

You’ll get decent food, I hope you get better service.

Chez Suzette, Saint Michel, Paris, France

Some friends suggested I get a crepe at one of the copious number of Crêperies in the Saint Michel area.

Close to my hotel was Chez Suzette and that’s where I ended up.

Walking in mid afternoon only 2 other tables were occupied. I was given a menu that was in French. As I was trying to decipher the menu they noticed and came over with an English menu.

I was only after a snack and I’d originally thought about having a sweet crepe, but looking through the menu I decided to give a savory crepe a try.

The one that caught my attention was the Washington Crepe which is a crepe containing shredded beef and onion with emmental cheese and egg with a tomato side salad.

While I waited for my crepe to be freshly cooked I drank the house red wine from Bordeaux.

When my crepe arrived, it was larger than I’d imagined. As I dived in I thought it was very tasty. Beef and onion is a marriage made in heaven.

In all, I had an enjoyable and tasty afternoon at Chez Suzette.

If you’re in the area drop in if you have the time.