My fun, frolicsome and fair friend, Clare and I advanced dans la rue for our third foray into the french fries of West Reading, this time stopping at Papillon Brasserie at 615 Penn Avenue. Oh, it was no ordinary french fries for us today! It was “pommes frites,” which is French for, “Don’t forget the champagne!”
We walked in and plunked down our bottle. Listen, it’s BYOB, and we do what we’re told! If it says “Bring Your Own Bottle,” we feel obliged!
A moment later, Chef arrived table-side to pop the cork and pour the bubbly.
We do enjoy a champagne lunch!
One of the things I enjoy about Papillon is that Chef buys his vegetables locally from B&H Organic Produce, Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Asked what kind of potato he uses for his frites, Chef answered he experimented with several varieties, but eventually settled on a certain potato that produces the best result. He and Erica from B&H simply call them the pommes frites potatoes. If there’s a formal name for the variety, he doesn’t know.
Clare notes, and I agree, the frites are best when they first come out piping hot and crispy! They disappear quickly. (Cooked in peanut oil, they ARE vegan!)
Chef is always a blur, cooking and tending to us at the same time!
I asked what special vegetable was on the menu today, and he presented bouillabaisse with fennel on top and around the sides:
Look at the beautiful little baby fennel topping things off:
It was a cold, damp day in West Reading, so Clare ordered macaroni and cheese, which is prepared with special French cheeses, I’m sure!
It’s a good way to spend a lunch hour; I really could not recommend it more highly!