Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Paris Bakery and Cafe

Last week Mr EA and I met some friends for dinner at Paris Bakery and Cafe.  We had been reading good things about it for a while, but -like so many other places - didn't manage to get there until recently.  Although nothing here is that far away from anything else, it is about as far away from our house as you can get and still be in Anchorage.  But it was worth the trip!
     Our friendly waitress brought some bread, which was OK but not amazing. It took us a while to get through the menu, which had a lot of temping choices.  In the end, I had eggplant parmesan and Mr EA had pork chops.  Our friends has ginger scallops and the special of the day, which was orange roughy crepes. My eggplant parm was very good - thinly sliced, lightly breaded eggplant with tasty sauce and just enough cheese.  Mr EA's pork chops were also very tasty and moist, thereby missing two frequent problems with pork chops. Our friend's scallops were sweet-ish and also very well done, and our other friend's crepes were very good.  He said the fish was perfectly cooked - not overdone, but not underdone - and the flavors of the dish were subtle and delicate.  Overall, our entrees were very well done.  While I don't think any of us experienced a culinary revelation, we all had good, tasty food at reasonable prices for that level of dining. 
     However, on another level, the desserts were fantastic!  I had and orange and chocolate cake that presented a perfect balance of sweet and sour, richness and lightness.  Mr EA had a concoction of cake layers interspersed with chocolate and almond cremes.  Our friends had a rich chocolate dessert and a small lemon meringue tart, which they reported were also delicious.  The desserts too were reasonably priced and extremely tasty.  Overall, a good midlevel dining experience.  Check it out - particularly the desserts - you'll be glad you did!

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