Thursday, August 15, 2013

chez gladines

I'm fascinated by the Basque region. Mostly because it's at the intersection of French and Spanish culture, and having studied both languages, I think it'd be amazing to experience what that's like. It's also one of the few regions of France I have yet to visit. Following Lindsey's tweets from her Basque vacation reminded me of this fact... and I've never been more sure of wanting to change it soon. It also reminded me I have to share my taste of Basque cuisine with you! Chez Gladines is an experience worth sharing.
The first thing to know: they don't take reservations. The restaurant is bustling with neighborhood locals and bobos "in the know" so expect to wait a bit. My beau and I each had a glass of rioja at the bar while they cleared our table for two; which turned out to be two narrow places facing each other at a long communal table. The ambiance was anything but romantic, yet it was a welcome change from the usual; convivial, incredibly laid back, and quite loud. We conversed with our neighbors on either side.
And the food is cheap! By Parisian standards, at least. Hearty, too. We first shared an appetizer of patates au jambon de pays (iPhone-pictured above--I would've hardly had the space to take a real photo had I had my camera with me) that surely could have been a meal for one. I then enjoyed a humongous bowl of salad made less healthy better with fried potatoes, cheese, eggs, and lardons (bacon), while he dug into a specialty of Poulet Basquaise. Neither of us could fathom ending with dessert.
We left full and in an even better moods than when we'd came. Chez Gladines is just that kind of place. If you're dining in Paris on a budget (with cash to spare--they don't take credit cards) and craving a simple French meal beyond the classics we know and love, please try it for yourself. As the weather transitions from summer's heat waves into autumn's cool breezes, I know I'm hoping for round two. Fingers crossed I'll have the opportunity to enjoy the cuisine du Sud-Ouest in the region itself someday as well.

8 comments:

  1. Little places like this always prove to have delicious food, despite the cramped spaces :) Looks like a fun break from the norm!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. I love the basque region too and it is definitely one of my favorite locations in Spain, if not the world. I miss it so much and I actually found a large Basque community in Bakersfield, California that has a great Basque restaurant inside the Noriega Hotel. It is almost like the real thing!
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    1. I'd love to visit soon... the region itself and the Noriega Hotel ;)

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  3. I must go! Looks so yummy! I can't get Basque country out of my mind. More posts coming about it (once I finally finish filtering through my photos!)

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    1. Looking forward to the posts! Hope you get a chance to enjoy Chez Gladines soon :)

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  4. Ahh I've been there! So fun!

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    1. I love that you have! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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