After last year's dinner, my inventory of wines from the parental units' anniversary vintage was depleted. This meant only one thing - going out to look for more wine! Fortunately, at an auction a couple of weeks after the dinner, I managed to pick up something from this very important vintage.
Here we are one year later, and it's time to pop open another bottle and celebrate. We are now on a rotating schedule for these celebratory dinners - alternating between the old favorite Paris 1930 and newcomer L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The last dinner was at Robuchon, so this time we paid a visit to Jack, Rolf and the team at Paris 1930.
I arrived to find the wine already decanted as I had instructed. The waitstaff brought us our bread, butter...etc. It all seemed to be off to a good start.
That's when I caught the first whiff of it. It came, uninvited, announcing its presence. I recognized it instantly. Fahrenheit by Christian Dior. A cologne I started to wear in high school and carried with me to college. Intensely sweet, it came at me in waves from the laowai at the next table.
This just won't do. Here I have opened up a beautiful, old bottle of fine wine, and my evening was going to be ruined by this inconsiderate bozo next door. Does the guy not realize that when it comes to personal fragrances, less is more? These guys are drinking some wine, too... so do they not care that all what goes through their nostrils is the wrong kind of alcohol?
Fortunately the restaurant wasn't full, and in a few minutes Rolf had arranged for us to sit inside one of the private rooms, away from the offending intruder and the rest of the crowd. I could now relax and enjoy my dinner.
Instead of ordering one of the set menus as usual, Rolf suggested that we give him and Chef David free rein and put together a small list of dishes to match the wine. We happily agreed, and would go on to have a wonderful meal.
I was happy to have gone back to Paris 1930 tonight. Jack and Rolf have been around for a number of years now, and their passion for food and wine are clearly evident. We have always been well-served by them. They have been joined recently by a few young 'uns, who studied medicine and architecture at school but decided to follow their passion for food. It showed in the service tonight, and that's what makes this place a great restaurant.
Another very happy anniversary dinner spent with the parental units, with another great bottle of wine. I am hoping for many, many more evenings like tonight.