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Hidden Kitchen Paris – Underground foodie heaven

by Erica Berman

Photos Erica Berman and courtesy of Hidden Kitchen

Hidden Kitchen private dinner club in Paris – with no idea what to expect, and no expectations to fufill, we were unexpectedly seduced and thrilled by this underground off the beaten path Parisian dining extravaganza. Expertly run by an American couple, the food has a definite US slant, nevertheless, this was one of the best meals I have had in over 16 years of fooding in Paris.
We arrived to a lovely Parisian apartment (can’t say where) with wood floors, crown moldings, marble fireplaces, soothing colors and candles everywhere.
Laura met us kindly with an aperitif while Braden prepared courses in the kitchen, and their adorable Boston terrier Tattie puttered around discreetly.

plating-small Hidden Kitchen Paris will celebrate 2 years of sensory stimulation in June. It started as once a month get together to help Laura and Braden widen their circle of Parisian friends. The speedy success pushed it to a bi-weekly exclusive foodie gathering. The first people we met were a lovely couple from London in town to run the half marathon. The 2nd people to arrive, we knew! Tom and Linda are former clients that we befriended and see from time to time as they are often in Paris for work (they live in California), but had no idea they were coming. Small world it is! The group was rounded out to 15 with a group of Americans from Berkeley California, and a group of young Americans who we did not get to chat with as they were on the far end of the long, and elegantly decorated table. The only Frenchie around was Alain, my boyfriend.hk12

I admit when I heard that this was a 10 course meal that cost 80€ per person, I thought that a. I could never eat 10 courses, and b. 80€ was a lot of money per person for a meal. After the dinner, I can happily say that it was money very well spent and the courses were small and light enough to enable me to get through them all without feeling overwhelmed or over full. What can I say, the food was perfect and the wine pairing right on the mark, conversation flowed easily and midnight rolled around quickly. I could go into detailed explanations of all the fabulous courses, but I think I will just post the menu here and you can get an idea of what a fine culinary experience it was! Reservations required as Hidden Kitchen books well in advance!

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Written by Erica Berman for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.
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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Erica Berman's Website

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5 comments on “Hidden Kitchen Paris – Underground foodie heaven

Love this 🙂
Do you know of anyone like you in Rome?
My nephew and his bride are on their way there as well as Venice and Como on honeymoon. Maybe he’s already found some cool places, but I think you have a good blog so thought I’d ask! Thanks!

Thank you so much, Mikie! We love Hidden Kitchen and wish your son lots of luck. We would love to be able to visit Flour and Water sometime. Thanks for taking a look at our apartments on 🙂 –Maggie

I came across your blog from Designsponge and was quite taken with Tatie’s birthday party. Putting him on my blog with a serenade from Spike on the piano.

I love Hidden Kitchen. My sisters son ran Prive in San Francisco and has recently opened the restaurant Flour and water. He is up for the James Beard award in May. Love your apt. also.

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