A Guide To The Potatoes Of Paris! Baked! Mashed! Fried! Roasted! Cheesy! A Cake As Well!

Who Loves Potatoes? Easy Question – We All Do!

I love potatoes in every conceivable form, which is why, when Alex and I went to Paris for New Years, we tried to eat them that way!

Of course, nothing tops the Eiffel Tower on New Years Eve, but we were looking for a different view, and we got it with an incredible “potato tower” of greatness!

The “Caviar Potato Tower” From Apicious!

This great restaurant is located just a few blocks off of the Champs Elysee, situated in a cool building with incredible art outside to greet you:

Inside, this classic French restaurant has superlative service, a terrific wine list and a great menu as well, but the signature item is this incredible potato tower topped with caviar and a shockingly green sliver of Chive:

Although this is one of the greatest single dishes we’ve ever had, I also want to compliment Apicious for their entire menu, such as this exquisitely prepared and presented grilled fish:

There may be no better way to serve a potato than with caviar, but there is a classic French bistro that has two different accompaniments, as well as a classic style of preparation:

Chez L’Ami Louis!

Sure, this restaurant is famous for its $125 chicken for two – and yes, it is TOTALLY worth it – but you also get this incredible potato cake:

Yes, beautifully cooked in a frying pan – in the oven – and then topped with raw garlic and parsley – incredible…and as an added bonus, they gave us a healthy stack of crisp fries as well!

I posted a review of our night at Chez L’Ami Louis on “Paris By Mouth” and still get a lot of response to it – here it is, with lots of great pictures of the $125 chicken, like this one:

You can read the entire review here:


One of our favorite bistros in Paris has been Allard, with their green olive-smothered duck – but their inclusion on this list is due to the simple yet satisfying side dish that comes with it:

Yes, a plate of roasted red potatoes, simple yet really tasty, just slightly crispy not he skin and creamy in the center…which led us to the one thing we still hadn’t experienced:

Whipped Mashed Potatoes, Paris Style!

What do I consider “Paris style?” Well, the dish should have approximately 51% potato – the rest is cream and butter! On this night, we jumped into a tiny bistro off the Rue de Rivoli in order to grab a dish of mashed potatoes that had been, well “enhanced” by a LOT of cheese!

While these were indeed delicious, they had perhaps a bit TOO MUCH cheese inside – and we realized that, although we love cheese, butter and cream, NOTHING beats this:

Caviar Kaspia’s “Caviar Topped, Double-Baked Potato!”

It’s located in the Place de Madeleine, a terrific caviar shop that has a restaurant on the second floor, where you can have lots and lots of caviar, including on top of a twice-baked potato!

The potato is twice baked and combined with lots of cream and butter to create the perfect vessel to hold the briny, shiny caviar eggs – and of course, you must have shots of Russian Vodka on the side!

Alex brought me here for my birthday, and it was indeed the tastiest gift of all! You can see more about our trip here, and so other potatoes from our Parisian past as well by clicking here:


Let me know your favorite way to enjoy a spud!

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16 replies

  1. That made me so hungry! Gonna have to try one of these addresses for a special occasion someday!

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  2. I love potatoes, so this post was perfect for me.


  3. What a great post, John. I love potatoes, especially French fries. I wouldn’t eat caviar but it certainly looks amazing. Sharing!

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  4. John, Alex is swell! What a great set of shots and stories. How cool you were in Paris New Year’s Eve. I’m very jealous!

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  5. Oh yum! Bob loves potatoes and I have learned to cook them many different ways for him… none of which look like the fabulous potatoes in the pictures above! I can see I need to step up my game!

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  6. That all looks delicious, John. You really do go to some great restaurants!
    I like my potatoes roasted in duck fat. Crisp and golden outside, fluffy inside.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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