Monday, January 14, 2013

Dinner at REED in Paris

The restaurant REED, in Paris,  became known to me through my blogger friend, Penny, at Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.  I emailed the owner of REED, Catherine, asking for reservations.  We were arriving from Provence by train at approximately 3:30 p.m.  Catherine sent me our reservation confirmation for 7 p.m. that evening.  She asked if I would like to attend her cooking class that afternoon, but unfortunately the timing would not work for us, but we were anxious for our meal at her restaurant.

Since we were renting a studio on Rue Rivoli, we took the Metro to the restaurant at Rue Amélie.  This street runs parallel to Rue Cler which is always bustling, with shops, markets, restaurants and people. 

Catherine greeted us graciously and we just needed to mention that Penny had taken a cooking class from her, and we were immediately welcomed as family.  She jokingly mentioned that it turned out to be "English" night as all her guests seemed to be from the States.

Chatting to each other between the closely situated tables only reinforced the talk.

What to order....always difficult when you want to experience it all.  I opted for fresh pea soup with mint as my first course.  Certainly a very good choice as it was absolutely delicious.

The Trout had a terrine centered with foie gras.  Again, a very good choice.

My main coarse was osso buco which was perfectly done and very flavorful.  She reminded me to eat the marrow which I did and enjoyed.

The Trout had beef cheek daube which was very tasty, extremely tender and beef cheeks is something you do not find in the USA.  Both dishes excellent choices.

And yes, we were much too full for the desserts she offered.  We had indulged in her beautiful hard rolls a little too much.  There was also a nice bottle of red wine, very fairly priced for a restaurant.

Catherine's cooking at REED would be described as slow French country cooking.  Definitely worth a visit while in Paris.  The atmosphere itself is very inviting.  Her kitchen is open to the dining room, beautifully organized and yes, I wish I could have taken a class from her.  Perhaps next trip.


  1. This looks wonderful. I appreciate the detail and pictures.

  2. I remember this restaurant and Catherine from Penny's trip. Beef cheeks - you are right we never seem them in the US. Sounds like a "must do." I would love to take her cooking class too.

  3. I always get hungry and restless for travel when I visit. ;) I will look forward to hearing about that cooking class one day. blessings ~ tanna

  4. I'm so happy to read this post, Susan. When I read Penny's post about their dinner and cooking class at Reed I immediately emailed Catherine to inquire about taking a class when I visit in May. She is finalizing her class schedule now and I have my fingers crossed that one will be offered when we are there. Our apartment is just down the block from the restaurant so at the very least we will be able to enjoy a dinner there. Your dinner looks wonderful. Can't wait.

  5. I remember Penny's post - and like hers, yours has piqued my interest. I have never heard of beef cheeks, so I guess they're not served up here either.

  6. Oh Susan, I wish I had been back there with you. I am so glad you and the Trout loved Reed. Catherine is such a gracious lady and a wonderful chef. Spending time at her restaurant was one of the highlights of our trip to Paris.

  7. Susan I must take you to task. No dessert, no dessert? I was dining with you through your entire post, and thinking I can't wait to see what we're having for dessert. Alas, I was visually satiated, but my stateside stomach, called for more, the final course! Okay you and Trout are forgiven, but don't let this happen again. Less bread, more dessert. Safe travels you two, and thanks for sharing this meal with us.

  8. Looks like a fine meal. Isn't it great to have blogger buddies to learn about things from.

  9. Wouldn't it be great to take a cooking class from her... so much fun!

  10. It sounds like another wonderful meal. You'll get to take the class on your next trip to France :-). Have a wonderful day, Susan. Blessings...Mary

  11. The food sounds delicious. I found it interesting in your bio that you grew up in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. I am reading a book now by Judith Miller, Somewhere to Belong (Daughters of Amana). I am in love with Iowa because I have been a Decorah eagle watcher for several years.

  12. Sounds like great fun and I love a good pea soup. Not the Fois Gras though.Would be thinking too much of the poor old goose.