Thursday, February 11, 2016

Art and Food Pairing™: Les Grandes Robes de Lamyne M. and Ivoire Gourmand - Part 2

After the superb guided visit of Les Grandes Robes de Lamyne M. at the Saint-Denis Basilica, Tom and I walked over to the "Quartier de la Gare" to have lunch at a restaurant that Lamyne recommended. Called Ivoire Gourmand, it is located across the tram tracks from the Saint-Denis SNCF station at 1, quai du Port. It is a bright and cheerful place where customers can enjoy take-out as well as informal dining.

Ivoire Gourmand
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Dining room and counter
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Ivoire Gourmand menu
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I ordered 7 ailes de poulet avec 1 accompaniment (7 chicken wings with one side dish) and selected aloko (plantains) as the side dish.

7 ailes de poulet with aloko
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Tom ordered Maffé Poulet (chicken in a peanut-based sauce). We both selected Jus Bissap (a soft drink made with hibiscus) for our beverage.

Maffé Poulet and Jus Bissap
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We both enjoyed our selections. My chicken wings were buried beneath a layer of slightly cooked onions and thinly sliced tomatoes. Brown gravy, hot pepper sauce, and a milder yellow sauce flanked the heaping portion of plantains served alongside.

Tom's dish consisted of a large chicken leg (thigh and drumstick) in a rich maffé sauce and an enormous helping of long-grain white rice.

The bissap was sweet and flavorful.

Our server was pleased to learn that Lamyne had sent us to the restaurant. As we tucked into our meal, he lingered at our table and told us the story of how he came to France from the Ivory Coast by way of Italy. He said that his father lives in Rome.

We could not finish the huge quantities of food heaped upon our plates and asked if we could take the rest home. Our server happily dished up the remaining chicken, rice, and aloko into a carry-out container. We were contented to have the chance to dine on the leftovers the following day!

Ivoire Gourmand has two locations:

1, quai du Port
93200 Saint-Denis


47, avenue Aristide Briand
93240 Stains


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