Discussions about food with me are endless. Not because I’m French and that I’m supposed to know about food in general. But there is a great chance that the topic comes up after just the first few words with a new acquaintance. Especially if you are a foreigner in a foreign country like me. Often I can’t answer the question “where is the best French restaurant in Berlin?”. It’s just that I’m interested in food in general, when it’s good it’s good.
After years of travelling I learned how to cook recipes that please my taste buds with the ingredients I can find where I live, call it local adaptation. And it’s very seldom that I can recreate a taste I remember, especially family recipes as there are so many parameters more than just the ingredients. You may need the sound of the wind in the trees, the smell of the BBQ or the voice of your grandmother telling you to stop playing football and to come eat.
Therefore I was happily surprised when I joined friends in the restaurant Chez Michel. Here I found a simple kitchen, authentic, a menu full of classics from boudin to quiche and amazing pies. Amazing because they taste as if there were just leaving the oven in the family kitchen I grew up in. And since last May it’s now the closest restaurant to my new office, so I’m there even more often.