As I had a birthday dinner to attend that night and it was already late afternoon, I opted for the chilled asparagus soup with tapioca and foie gras (€7). The soup sounded divine, and the asparagus base was indeed very vibrant and refreshing. But the tapioca was an unnecessary hindrance while the dense little pieces of foie gras just felt too heavy. Suffice it to say the soup didn’t quite work. But I was just so happy to find myself smack in the middle of Odéon enjoying my first meal in Paris, that I couldn’t complain.