Anyway I'd already decided I was going to write about frites again. This time the subject of the scribbles in my beer-stained notebook is none other than Maison Antoine, which has been serving them up since 1948 and will forever be remembered for its crown of " best frites in the world". This of course was the view of The New York Times, and must appear in some article somewhere that I've never managed to find. I'd better not upset anybody here.
On Wednesday I queued dutifully for frites from Maison Antoine, happy to put off meeting a group of unknown people in a nearby bar for my first appearance at a Spanish conversation evening. There's certainly no hurry in the food preparation and here the anticipation is part of the thrill. By the time you've reached the end of the queue you are definitely hungrier than when you started, and you find yourself considering others on the long list of menu choices. Should I have a small or a large portion of frites? And what of the sauce? There are 29! Better order everything now because you don't want to queue again....
I'm glad to say that we did opt for the smaller frites. The larger portion was enormous, but the small was also to prove too large for our appetite, so it's a good thing that we weren't tempted by any of the other brochette or burger offerings. Our appearance in the bar with our parcels of chips helped break the ice with our new group of Spanish language enthusiasts, and gave me an excuse not to speak, at least until a few chips had been consumed. It transpired that I was the worst Spanish speaker there.
So I kept munching and tried to be as objective as I possibly could. How did they compare to others I have tasted? In research for previous frites articles I had also been hungry, so it was not my appetite at fault. Yes, I'm afraid they were lacking the lovely beefy taste of the frites from Le Coq d'Or, and also, more controversially, were not as flavoursome as the chips I had had from Fritland. No doubt I should sample these latest ones again, but perhaps my next stop should be Fritflagey.
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