There’s no way that snails can be delicious?! After all they crawl all over the ground and there’s something so icky and sticky about them right?! Ugh?!……. Wrong! In fact when they are cooked the right way they are very yum to eat and because they have no strong taste of their own, they go great with a simple recipe of butter, garlic, parsley – the most scrumptious of combinations. Truly a delight to eat. Now of course I do understand the feeling that people have towards them, and truthfully I was the exact same for a number of years until I decided to give it another go, and now I am definitely sold on them. So why not challenge yourself and try out a delicacy of France? You’ll discover they are a yummy delight, just as I did.
And where better a place to go have them then at this delightful bistro cafe that specialises in traditional French cuisine. I’m of course talking about La Taverne de Montmartre. Tucked away just down the steps from Place du Tetre and a stone’s throw away from the Sacre-coeur, make this place your lunch/dinner time destination. The place inside is truly cosy and you could easily spend a couple hours here eating and drinking wine, and the best part of the experience has to be the food! They serve all sorts of traditional french dishes besides snails, so even if you aren’t feeling that brave, the place is certainly worth visiting.
However, like the title suggests, we’re here today to talk about snails. So like I said, they are simply cooked in butter, garlic, parsley, and there’s no more needed to make them a special little snack. Have them as a starter or simply on their own as a light meal alongside a drink. You don’t have to go to La Taverne de Montmartre specifically to have them, as many cafes across Paris will serve these little guys. I remember one time a few years back where I was out with my cousin chilling at a terrace cafe (where seats are arranged to look out into the street), and she was feeling snackish so she got some snails. This was still back when I wasn’t completely convinced on them, so I gave her an odd look. She did say they were very nicely cooked so maybe I should have given it a try, but in any case, here I am now knowing that they are yummy little delights. It’s funny to think back that my first experience of snails was actually rather plain and boring, which might have had something to do with the fact I tried them in the UK at my elementary school Roman Day when I was about 8 years old. So from that experience to a true French experience… all I can say is that, try them in France first. That being said though, regular garden snails can be used to cook them for yourself at home, and you don’t need to import these little guys from snail farms in France. All you need to do is give them a few days ‘cleanse’ before they are ready to cook (basically something like being sprayed in fresh water to be cleaned of pollutants and giving them their final meal of fresh veg – I’m sure there are YouTube tutorials out there.. Maybe I’ll consider doing one myself someday!)
The way you eat them is a fun little experience too as you use these special tongs to hold onto the shell and a pronged piece of cutlery to take the meat out and eat. It’s not at all chewy, and there is no unwarranted taste to them. And really, this whole stigma we have against them is unneeded because the snails used are specially produced in clean environments with the snails detoxing on organic foods and fresh water before being sent to restaurants. So really just give it a go!
So what’s my overall verdict on my snail experience and dining experience at La Taverne de Montmartre?
Atmosphere and Location: 5/5
Service Quality: 5/5
Also here below is a video of me eating snails! Yum!
Now the price of La Taverne de Montmartre is not the cheapest, but for the area it is in, it certainly is worth it. Typically you are looking to spend around €20 per person which is pretty good in my opinion. So yeah, if you wish to challenge yourself to eating snails then I suggest you go here. Or just visit for traditional french cuisine.
Thank you for reading, and tune in next time for another Foodie Review Friday. Comment down below with your thoughts on eating snails? Have you tried them before? What did you think?
Editor: Leonardo Buter
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