The Marche was spacious all round with about a 7 feet walkway! Lots of footage was invested to give an authentic French market feel. Having been to Paris and Versailles and walked their marche this gives me some good vibes. Space, space and space.
I whipped out my phone camera to shoot a few scenes. Sad to say I was stopped politely from taking more. This was the first time, I was stopped since I started blogging 1 1/2 years ago and I thought of asking for the manager to get permission but thought otherwise. I had 2 shots and it was sufficient. Check out Bangsar-Babe recent post.The Beef Stew was heavy and strong with herbs and tomatoes. Gave a huge wallop! If you like it strong this will be good. Seeing how thick it was I took half a portion.Various fresh vegetables in salad, tossed and stir-fried! Ingredients were sufficiently generous.Swiss Rosti. Potatoes strips pan cooked and served with a dollop of sour cream. I thought the sour cream could have been concoted better. Too light.Beef Steak was fresh. The medium done pan cooked beef came oozing blood when pressed down. It came with mushroom and black pepper sauces. Mustard and other condiments were available.
Lamb Chop was fresh but the all important mint sauce was average. No goosebumps. The mint sauce had a bit too much vinegar for my liking. I prefer the pungency to come from the mint.Salmon Fillet was flaky and expected to be so. Run of the mill and I like it a a good squeeze of the lemon. Sausages and Cod Fillet. Sausages (2 variesties) were of good quality. I for one do not like too much of it but took a liking for it but alas I was at the tailend of the meal. The cod was pan fried and it was a waste to me as all fresh cod should be steamed Cantonese style! Mussels and fresh prawn were available and so were a varieties of pasta, pizza, crepes, pastry, ice-cream etc.
Marche et Halles Notre Dame (Versailles Open Market), FRANCE
Fat Tire Bike Tours conducted us from Paris to Versailles. It work best with independent travellers. We rode out from their Paris office to the RER train station and board with our bikes (Yes, bikes are allowed on the train) to Versailles. The guide was a professional and fun to be with and so were the nearly 25 of us forming a mini United Nations!
We stopped over at Marche Notre Dame in Versailles to stock up on baguettes, cheeses, ham, pate, foie gras (yes!) etc for a picnic at the Royal Palace Garden by the lake in Versailles! Fantastic varieties and all kinds of produce (fresh and cooked) were available.
Check out the bike. Superb ride with a very comfy saddle. My wife and son enjoyed it and we rode a total of 15 kilometers on it! Duration of tour was 8 hours.
Click to enlarge this pic to check out the company's name and the bike. I can vouch for that this was the most comfortable bike I have ridden and carried. In and out of the station's staircases!Versailles is famous for the Royal Palace that come together with a huge man-made lake and beautiful landscape garden. During the reign of King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antionette Versailles was at its opulent and luxurious best setting itself up for a violent end during the French revolution.Marie Antionette Little Village. Pastoral and quaint with postcard perfect scenery!