Photo: Tarama salad with crispy kale and toasted hazelnuts with a citrus dressing at Clamato in Paris.
Has there ever been a meal or dish that changed the way you feel about food in its entirety? An experience so profound that it shattered your beliefs about cooking, restaurants and made you question your existence as an omnivore? This, my non-readers, was mine. This was my game changer.
I am a meat-lover and eater, a responsible one mind you. I do not buy sad chicken anymore, or sad pig…although apparently in this country (The Netherlands) they lie to us about it. I try to get organic meat and don’t eat it every day. However, I still do appreciate the beauty of a delicious piece of succulent pork or juicy chicken thigh. I am salivating just typing these words.
In March, we went away for a weekend in Paris. Two and a half hours by train and we were in the middle, well the north, of gay Paree. It was great. We have been before, so this trip was purely about eating food and walking around like a true flâneur.
I had a few restaurants on my list: mostly places Anthony Bourdain has been to. That guy just knows where to eat well. Why not make use of it? I have a phobia of tourist traps in big cities, so I like to do my research. So Tony, as his friends call him, led us to Clamato. A great fresh seafood place on the edge of the Le Marais district. We had a few dishes to share: whelks, clams, oysters and then the mind-blowing beauty that was the tarama salad.
I am so glad I know exactly where this restaurant is located, because I want to go back and eat more from the people who invented heaven on a plate.