“Paris Is a Moveable Feast”
Since the drenching, scorching weather in St. Louis has subsided, it’s time to return to patio dining. And where better than Brasserie?
I recently met up with several longtime friends at the Central West End bistro for a pretend evening in Paris. (Come to think of it, my mother wore a perfume called Evening in Paris. The smell lingers with me still.)
Brasserie is a great place to test out Ernest Hemingway’s assertion that “Paris is a moveable feast.” Take a look—or should I say, a visual taste of the evening:
Bliss on a Plate
A Pomme Frites Matchup
Let’s pause in this photo review for a word about “pomme frites,” which means “apples of the earth.” Brasserie’s seriously delicious frites remind me of those I ate at Chez L’ami Louis in Paris some years ago.
Maybe they’re cooked in duck fat like the French do. I don’t know. Although a Brasserie server once told me they were not. All I know is that they’re addictive and ample, though not quite as skinny and mountainous as Chez Louis. (See below)
On to Dessert
We topped off the meal sharing two desserts. One, a plate of profiteroles, the sine que non of any French menu. The light, puffy pastry was filled with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup for added decadence.
Your Ticket to Paris
While Brasserie is far larger than it’s French counterparts, (see below), it still maintains the quaintness of a street cafe as it serves up haute cuisine alongside rustic fare.
If you can’t get to Europe anytime soon, Brasserie is a good, local alternative.
Brasserie by Niche. 4580 Laclede Avenue, Central West End. Open: Dinner, Mon-Sat 5p-10p; Brunch: Sun 10a-2p and Dinner 5p-9p.