Hidden Kitchen: Paris

I’ve been dying to tell you about all the wonderful things we did in Europe in December and I just can’t hold off any longer. It seemed logical to share all of the highlights of our January trip to Japan first, but hey logic can get a bit boring. So I’m going to mix it up a bit.Variety is the spice of life, don’t you think?

Now last year we went to Paris twice!  How lucky am I. It is a pretty big thing for us from Down Under – it’s not just a hop and a skip to get there, it’s about a 24 hour flight. It was so much fun returning and knowing my way around. I sort of felt like a local :) . One of my favourite things I love to do in Paris is eat! Our days were planned around where we wanted to dine. We revisited some of our favourite restaurants and discovered some new amazing ones too.

Thanks to the blogosphere, I had read about an underground, word-of-mouth dining destination called Hidden Kitchen. Located in the gorgeous Parisian apartment of 2 American cooks, Braden and Laura, this secret restaurant is where food-loving strangers come together for a dinner-party. How fun does that sound? I just couldn’t resist such an opportunity.

Now this was no ordinary dinner party, the secret address was emailed to us once the reservation was confirmed. At the end of the evening a donation of a recommended amount is expected and well deserved I might add.

On arrival Braden and Laura greeted us with a refreshing aperitif before leading us to the communal table where they hosted an amazing, ten-course degustation meal complete with wine pairings (menu below). The 14 diners were an eclectic mix of Americans, Australians and French and although we came together as strangers, by dessert we were exchanging phone numbers and email addresses! It was a truly memorable evening that we will be talking about for years to come.

Now just a word of warning, plan way in advance! I tried to book last September for late December and they were already booked out. Only due to the good fortune of a cancellation a few days before the dinner party did we get to go!

7 Responses to “Hidden Kitchen: Paris”

  1. Jennie says:

    Wow! What an experience! And that menu…celery, fennel, endive, and cucumber salad? YES, PLEASE! Sounds so yummy. =)

    Jennie

  2. That looks too amazing for words … the loveliness of meeting new people while you’re travelling PLUS great food? Perfect!

  3. I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing this hidden secret, Jess! Heading over to their site now to see when we can go!

  4. I love the whole suspense of the secret address… such an unique dining experience for foodies. I wonder if they have something like that in San Francisco…if we do, it’s probably hidden. (My mission to find out!)

    Lovely, lovely blog, btw. :)

  5. Jess says:

    Jeanne I’m sure I have read about pop up restaurants in SF. Let me know if you find some please.

  6. Sil says:

    Ooh lah lah! The menu reads and the food looks sumptuous, but at only 90 Euros each Braden and Laura are obviously hosting these dinner parties because it is their passion.
    What an extra special experience.

  7. Robyn says:

    I attended a similar event a few months back and it was a such a great experience. The mystery of where and just showing up with a bottle of wine was fun. Spending an evening dining with strangers, all foodies, was great and I hope to have an opportunity to attend another “secret supper’ soon!

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