Tête de Veau

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a dish consisting of a calf’s head
Restaurant Chez Denise
La Tête de Veau Chez Denise (Paris)
We are at odds whether is use our few and precious visit to Chez Denise in Paris, to order Tête de Veau
We thought that it might be a bland dish with a great sauce, maybe an interesting texture
When I had blood sausage at a Alain Ducasse restaurant, it was boring
Whereas I had Andouillette Sausage at Ma Bourgogne (it stands as one of my favorite meals)
I had Mutton Stew at Chez Denise, (would not order it again because there are so many other options) but the Mutton Stew was worthy of a meal at Chez Denise
So . . . do we go for the rare French Classic, or simply something delicious

We ordered Tête de Veau on Tuesday (the only day which is available) It was a communal experience
When I voiced my orders, I received nods of approval from other tables.

Customers fall into two distinct camps. “It is either ordered by those who grew up after the war, still remember rationing and know that it is wrong to waste anything, or a much younger group of chefs and restaurateurs who feel somewhat obligated to order a dish that is not on anyone else’s menu.”
(Nick Lander – Financial Times)

There was a little meat (maybe the cheeks) and what seemed to be a pickled bits of brain. It was a bit of a slog, a big plate, but a rare and unique Paris experience that I would easily repeat. It didn’t seem to be fatty, it was a bit chewy, it wasn’t slimey it wasn’t mushy, it was substantial. It had plenty of wonderful sauce. And there were potatoes


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