One thing you should know about me... I am out nearly every weekday evening. People are often surprised when I decline an invite for a Friday night. You see, by Friday I'm in need of a night-off to recover. Weekends are often the quietest for me. Mondays en revanche are often the wildest. This week, however, Wednesday was the most eventful... because this Wednesday meant going to the Curio Parlor for a tasting of Nikka Whiskies, in the presence of their Master Blender.
The Curio Parlor, located on a narrow one-way street in the historical 5th arrondissement, is actually owned by the same person as Prescription, the Experimental
, and the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. It also boasts Paris' only (and I believe the only one outside of Japan) Nikka bar.
Ça tombe bien because this was obviously going to be a Nikka themed evening.... however, before I got there, I hadn't realised that there would be whisky-infused baba au rhums there too!
In the dimly lit cellar, we were served the trio of a baba au
rhum whisky, a very sweet cream and a mystery cream which, quite honestly, didn't have a great deal of flavour but was a very thick consistency. The baba was simply delicious and, dare I say it, was far better than any I have had at Stroher. It wasn't drowned in alcohol as they can be, nor was it using the alcohol to make up for the dryness of the pastry. No, in fact, the baba was so moist, the liquour came off it like water comes off a duck's back.
The darkness of the room, the decadence of the plate in front of me, plus the sounds of Air's "Sexy Boy" made the whole experience a very heady combination actually.
So much so that I turned to the stranger on my left and we both agreed that it felt very illicit. She explained that her boyfriend was waiting for her at home, while my housemate was out eating at a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, I knew exactly what she meant. It was our dirty little secret - but boy, it tasted good!
The Nikka Bar (downstairs in the Curio Parlor)
Open every day from 20h-2h.