In the middle of Italianate Lygon Street is a Francophile foodie paradise.
Charcuterie La Parisienne Pates is a white, bright storefront housing a long refrigerated counter full of smallgoods made by the owner/charcutier Stephane Langois. The shelves are also groaning with stocks of French food items like mustard, vinegars, jams and teas. There is a small eating area on the landing where you can sit down to have a light lunch of quiche, pie or filled baguette or gawk at the dessert cabinet of pastries and macarons.
It was the perfect one-stop shop for a French-themed dinner party I was hosting and I put myself in the hands of a friendly staff member as to what I should serve.
Her suggestion was to start off with some of Stephane’s reknowned pates and terrines, so I chose a pork and pistachio terrine, a rabbit and prune terrine and chicken and brandy pate (sold by weight). Each of them was declared delicious by my guests, with particular mention to the rustic chunkiness of the pork terrine and the smoothness of the pate.
Along with the terrines and pates I served thinly slice saucisson. According to The Age Stephane is the only person in Victoria who makes saucisson regularly. It had a nice pepper kick to it and apparently as it dries the flavour will become more pronounced. Extremely moreish and fantastic loaded up on baguette (their bread comes from South Yarra bakery French Fantasies).
For mains I decided to serve confit duck legs with duck fat potatoes. Frankly at $9 per serve who can be bothered making their own confit? Each package came with a wad of duck fat so I simply popped the duck legs on top of some potatoes in a baking dish, dotted the duck fat around and on top of the meat and seasoned with salt and pepper (I also added thyme and garlic bulbs). In the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes with some green veges and it was an impressive ‘I made it myself’ dinner party moment.
Being a French charcuterie of course there is a wide selection of imported cheese. My picks were a Fromager d’Affinois (similar to a brie), Saint Agur Blue (apparently a mild blue cheese that even non-blue cheese eaters like) and my favourite French cheese, Comte.
Grand total for the bill was about $160 for 8 people and we didnt even get to eat the cheese! I’ll definitely be heading to La Parisienne Pates again for no hassles, no fuss and delicious dinner party catering.
- La Parisienne Pates, 290 Lygon St, Carlton +61 3 9349 1852