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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Alain Milliat Restaurant

We loved our meal here! I've had this place on my radar since I saw it recommended by gracejoan on Fodors and it seemed like a good place to bring H. while he was visiting. 

The atmosphere is casual chic with a rustic comfortable edge. However, it's all very stylish, this is after all the seventh arrondissement! The staff were warm, knowledgable and professional. The food was fabulous, fresh, elegant and enticing.  We opted for the degustation; two entrees, two mains ( fish and meat), cheese and dessert. Essentially we were ordering smaller versions of the entire menu! It sounds like too much but it wasn't. What we loved about this place was that the food was light, fresh and modern without being overly complicated. 
We started with mackerel in a seafood gelee "packet" above. It was splendid. The richness of the fish was balanced  by the acidity of the strawberries as well as the sauce, a very innovative combination. The picture of the next course just doesn't do the dish justice, This was an incredible vegetable dish with a variety of fragrant mushrooms in a vegetable veloute topped with potato wafers, delicious!
We then moved on to the cod pictured at the top of the post. This was fresh, simple and perfectly cooked. The vegetables were so lovely and it was beautiful to look at as well as delicious to eat. The last of the main courses was beef served with asparagus which you can see below. This was the richest of the dishes but still very balance and a wonderful change from the heavier meals we find so ubiquitous in Paris. All three of us loved this dish as well as the cheese and the mango/passionfruit dessert which was fruity, sweet and tart but didn't photograph well. 

Allian Milliat is well known in foodie circles for his extraordinary variety of artisanal juices. I recently had the summer pear and   I'm looking forward to trying rhubarb!  D. and I liked the restaurant so much I know we'll be back soon, perhaps for brunch?
Tip: We  booked through La Fourchette  and the degustation was reduced to 38.50 from the regular  55 euro. Frankly for us this discount makes the place unmissable, highly recommended.

You'll find it at 159, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris.

Use La Fourchette or call for a reservations : 01 45 55 63 86