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From The Daily Meal: Culinary Travel: Paris. This Restaurant went straight to the top…with a two item menu. Plus our recipe for one of their specialties…

         Granted, “Canard et Champagne”  (Duck and Champagne) are arguably two of France’s greatest gifts to cuisine but it took some nerve to open a restaurant which sells nothing else.   But that is precisely what Jean-Francois Montfort and partners Jean Valfort and Pierre Dutaret did when they moved into a former chocolatier’s space a 57 Passages des Panoramas (Paris 75002 Reservations: 09 81 83 95 69 Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 Noon till Midnight).  The moderately priced restaurant immediately shot to the top of Trip Advisor’s Paris listings coming in at number 1 in a matter of weeks.

The Lunch Menu
         The pricing structure is simple.  A starter and a main course are 26 Euros at dinner (17.50 at lunch), add a dessert to that for 34 Euros (20.50 at lunch) or go with the ultimate prix fixe: 62 Euros for food and 2 champagnes.  Extra Brut comes with the starter, a Rosé Champagne with the main course and a vintage Blanc de Blanc. And for those for whom champagne seems too decadent at lunch, there’s a list of still wines by the glass.
         As to the main event, the duck finds its way to the table as an excellent torchon of Foie Gras as a starter.  Or choose between a Confit or a sliced breast of duck.  You may even be there when the chef, Jason Roman, a Peruvian by birth, creates a duck and mushroom risotto that is in the words of its GM, Jean-Francois, ‘out of this world’.  Not to be missed are the desserts from Boulangerie BO, the Parisian hot spot presided over by baking stars, Benoit Gindre et Olivier Haustraete.
Jean-Francois Montfort, hands-on Manager.

Finally, there’s the restaurant itself.  Passages des Panoramas has become a real food destination. Amidst the Stamp and Coin Collectors boutiques, restaurants are popping up the length of the historic Passages.  Canard et Champagne has managed to preserve the exquisite woodwork dating from the time of Francois Marquis, “the chocolatier of Kings” as well as the Cordoba leather ceiling.  But into the mix, the partners have added a giant blow up of one France’s most famous actors.  Louis de Funes is seen taking a bow in  “The Grand Restaurant”, which strikes us as the perfect salute to this great place.

May 20, 2016 | 2:47 pm
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