a taste of Paris in Philly – food

An art opening requires a celebration, and after the opening we had a nice brunch at Parc. On a nice day you can sit outside and gaze across to Ritenhouse Park where college girls in sundresses walk by, or you might see a woman saunter by with black and white poodles, a perfect fashion accessory. The day was perfect, and Parc is a fine place to have a brunch.

While you look at the menu, the pastry basket is a wonderful start…

a pastry sampler - croissant, chocolate croissant, madeline, lemon curd and wonderful butter and raspberry jam

a pastry sampler – croissant, chocolate croissant, madeline, lemon curd and wonderful butter and raspberry jam

And then of course the champagne arrives, a rose since it’s warm outside

when it's warm - rose is often just the right way to enjoy bubbles...

when it’s warm – rose is often just the right way to enjoy bubbles…

Next, the pate…. this was called “Chicken Liver Parfait” it came with a grain bread which was heavenly – it gave texture to the pate and the thin layer of rasberry on top of it. This was rich… a bit of pate.. a sip of champagne… a smile at the sun or the passers by…. This choice was a risk, but you know what they say about risk and reward…

pate with bread, mustard, and pickled onion....

pate with bread, mustard, and pickled onion….

And then “Eggs Norwegian” – a twist on Eggs Benedict – replacing the ham with smoked salmon. The fried potatoes were perfect – this meal required no seasoning… every flavor complemented the other

Perfectly poached - the salmon, egg yolk, muffin and sauce were perfect

Perfectly poached – the salmon, egg yolk, muffin and sauce were perfect

I thought Parc was a small place, but inside it was bustling – I will absolutely dine here once again. And… how can I not like a restaurant with this wallpaper in the men’s room…

Now that's a French men's room decorum.

Now that’s a French men’s room decorum.