(I'm going to go out of chronological order for this post simply because I wanted to put this picture on top... :-) So after a very filling dinner, we decided to walk along the Seine River. Paris is esp. breathtaking at night... no wonder it's called the City of Lights. I took this picture on Pont (bridge) Alexander III and it's my favorite picture so far.
OK, now onto how the night started: I booked us a dinner reservation at Les Ormes (22 Rue Surcouf; M: Invalides), which is a Michelin 1-star restaurant. Y and W brought another friend, B, along and we made our way to the restaurant. We got there pretty early (by Paris standards) so the restaurant was completely empty. They offer a prix-fixe menu for 49 euros which includes appetizer, main course, and dessert. As soon as we sat down, they brought us what looked like cheese puff pastries fresh out of the oven and they were very good. Since there were four of us, it was easy to order different dishes so we can try them all. They started us off with an amuse bouche of a cream of mushroom soup with quail egg. I got the langoustine (aka Norway lobster) wrapped in eggplant for appetizer, and the jarret de veau (veal) for entree, which came highly recommended on the web as one of their signature dishes. I thought it was just okay, the veal was tougher than I expected, but the sides (it was some sort of creamed vegetable as well as some gnocchis) were pretty good. After tasting everyone else's dish, I thought the pigeon that B got was the best, cooked and seasoned to perfection. The dessert I picked was rhubarb souffle which I thought was quite interesting. None of my companions liked it but I think it's because they've never had rhubarb. Overall we had a great experience and the service was impeccable. The most disappointing part of the meal was that there was not a single cute guy in sight, so it is with regret that I can't give Les Ormes any Q's. I would still recommend the restaurant for its food and service though! :-)