Combine ambient lighting, elegant decor and an impressive and comprehensive menu. What do you get? You get chic neighbourhood bistro, Paris Butter. Nestled in the heart of Herne Bay, this restaurant is worth venturing out to the suburbs for.
We can’t say enough about the decor of this place. Everything was so elegant, fresh and contemporary yet at the same time the restaurant had warmth and intimacy. Table settings were simple yet refined and the service was outstanding. The staff really are an asset to Paris Butter and our waitress really took the time to explain everything on the menu in depth.
Fresh homemade bread comes with the option of adding truffle butter and we urge you to not think twice about this. The texture of the bread is fluffy with a chewy crust and the creamy truffle butter just elevates this to new heights.
A round of cocktails ordered, we waited in anticipation for our starters…………….
Beef tartare came sprinkled with sesame seeds which provided a lovely contrast in texture to the soft delicate meat. Topped with parfait, this dish was one of our favourites of the evening. It was seasoned to perfection.
Our second entree was Confit Pork Belly, boudin noir, scallop, cauliflower and soy. Crispy, succulent pork belly paired beautifully with the soft perfectly cooked scallops and the crunchy black pudding.
The Chicken Liver Parfait came with a sweet wine jelly and house pickles. Although slightly softer in texture than a traditional French parfait, the flavours were strong and went perfectly spread on that delicious bread.
Gin Cured Salmon served on buckwheat blinis with coconut creme fraiche was a great light option.
Our first main course was the Confit Duck Leg Cassoulet with lentils, Toulouse sausage and saffron. The duck was tender with crispy skin and the dish was like winter on a plate. A warming cassoulet was just what we needed on this rainy evening and the addition of the Toulouse sausage added a little bit of spice.
We couldn’t resist ordering a creamy, warming risotto. And this risotto definitely lived up to expectations! Made with pearl barley, mushrooms and hazelnuts, it was sprinkled with Grana Padano cheese. It was creamy, not too heavy and the portion size was just right.
Standout dish was the Southern Lamb Steak which was cooked to a nice medium rare and served with crispy kale, truffle jus and Paris mash. The addition of the kale gave a nice contrast to the softness of the meat.
And of course you can’t go to a French bistro and not order the Steak Frites! Served with garlic butter and black garlic rouille this was the quintessential French bistro dish.
We couldn’t tear our eyes away from this impressive wine cellar. Well, just long enough to order dessert anyway………
The Baba Au Rhum wasn’t exactly like the French dessert and was more pancake like in consistency but our lovely waitress did inform us of this beforehand and we thought it was delicious especially with the addition of the strawberries.
The Coconut Creme Brulee had that signature telltale crack when we broke through the outer layer and the coconut elevated it to a next level dish.
Of course we had to have a cheese course and one of the great things about this menu is that if you’re a bit indecisive (like us!) and can’t decide between dessert or cheese, you can have both for $20.
We’d spotted a certain chocolate mille feuille on the restaurant’s Instagram page and knew we had to order it. We worried it would be too heavy after all the bread and creamy dishes we had eaten but it was in fact wonderfully light and delicate. It was so delicate that you can’t help but be amazed at the skill that has gone into creating and assembling this dessert.
We had a wonderful evening at Paris Butter and are already planning a return visit to try out their lunch menu.
166 Jervois Road
Tel: 09 376 5597