X is a memory, an idea, a project.
The inspiration, a hole in the wall in the 5th Arrandisement of Paris. Alaine & Brigitte served up honest and simple food that remains in my brain and calls to me from across the decades.
Bar de L’X sat on a little windy street behind the Panthéon. Years ago my cousin took me there, and it was very small, and very simple. They had all of two things on the menu — Duck Breast or Filet Mignon with or without Foie Gras. They had the most amazing griddled potatoes, and some cold appetizers like a smoked salmon plate or a piece of pate. It sounds almost too simplistic, but I found myself at that place on every subsequent trip. There was just something about it. In 2008, I took my wife (who was not yet my wife at the time) to Paris, and I dragged her down to this little windy street, talking up this couple and their spot the whole while, and when we got there, L’X was gone. I’m not sure exactly when it closed, but needless to say, it left a lasting impression on me and I always thought, one day I would love to recreate it.
So this is my nod to L’X. My nod to bistro. My nod to Paris and all of the wonderful meals, memories and little places that remain on both the left and right side of my mind. X is my translation.