Food of The Day: Artichoke Soup at Le Bristol

The best of three ingredients put into one bowl

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

This soup will keep you satisfied for a while.

If visiting Paris, and looking to indulge, a visit to Le Bristol for their artichoke soup is highly recommended. But remember — forget your calorie count at the door because this soup is by no means healthy!

Placed in front of you is bowl filled with a dark green soup base, and a petite spoon placed in the middle of it all. If you’re one of those people who are more into looks, then this soup willprobably turn you off: It’s most comparable to the color of a green wine bottle, with a hint of neon. But looks aside, this artichoke soup is something close to “heaven in a bowl,” combining two ingredients that never disappoint: foie gras and black truffle.  

The truffle is emulsified with the artichoke, so you can taste hints of both flavors. But the main surprise is the foie gras.

The foie gras is all the way at the bottom, so you have to dig to the bottom to find the treasure: pan-fried foie gras, with an outside that is a bit crispy, but an inside that is as soft as butter.

As you pick up some of the artichoke and black truffle emulsion, and a small chunk of foie-gras, the texture is both soft and chewy, and the taste is savory with hints of richness.

The only thing I wish I could change is how big of a bowl the soup comes in.  You know the French, the portion sizes has to be petite...

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