La Maison d'Amérique Latine


This 18th century maison particuliere
is the home of the Latin American Institute of Paris, where the rich and varied culture of Latin America is celebrated.
It also houses an elegant restaurant. that has long been a discreet luncheon destination for politicians, diplomats and discerning diners like us. Recently renovated it now offers dinners as well and continues to feature the classic cooking of Thierry Vaissière.  
I arrived for lunch and was immediately seated with a view of the garden that in season becomes a dining room.

Chef Vaissiere sent  out a tartare of dourade with my cusomary flute of champagne, that I followed with delicately grilled scallops with beet wasabi and passion fruit vinaigrette.

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Although Chef Visseire denies it, the use of chocolate in his 7-hour lamb, presented like a fondant au chocolat suggests that in keeeping with his address, he has been influenced by the molé sauce of Mexico. It was surprising and elegant riff on the classic bistro dish.


I opted for a light and refreshing citron tarte and meringue with a caviar of citron vert.


I'll be back for a romantic candlelight dinner.

Maison de l'Amérique Latine

217 Saint-Germain des Prés

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