If you're a foodie then you would know of Mike Chen: sensational youtube star who eats like a beast. In his Paris vlog, he recommended Chez Fernard so on our first night in Paris on March 3rd 2019, we went looking for this restaurant.
Our first impression was how small the restaurant was. When we entered, it was quite empty, with only one other customer dining there. The tables lined up against the wall tightly together so our waitress had to literally carry our table out so I could squeeze into my seat. It was quite funny, thinking back now, but at the time, I was dreading the next two hours because it felt like too much of a hassle to let me out to go to the bathroom. Being a clumsy introvert meant I had mentally thought of the worse case scenario so my experience of this meal was slightly skewed. Nonetheless, we did have a lovely time here.
We ordered the os a moelle, fleur de sel, pain grille for €6.5, roasted bone marrow with guerande salt and grilled bread, as recommended by Mike. It was rich and fattening and creamy, as bone marrow should be. Our taste buds loved us but our bodies were crying from the added cholesterol.
If you didn't eat snails, were you ever in France? This was the escagot sermiers, six French snails in garlic butter for €9.5. It was a very interesting culinary experience because it was my first time trying snails. Mick described these as a chewy and creamy texture, savoury and well seasoned. For a first time snail eater, I would recommend taking a deep breath and focusing on the flavours, not the mouthfeel. It makes it easier to swallow the little creatures.
This was a grilled sea bream fish with vegetables for €20. It was straightforward and enjoyable. The fish was well cooked with that nice charred flavour on the skin. The sauce had a hint of honey and brought a sweet aroma to the plate. The vegetables were pan fried. There was nothing spectacular about this dish that made it memorable.
Thanks for reading! We did have a great time and we would suggest giving it a go if you're ever in Paris. And thanks Mike Chen for the recommendation 😊