An aperitif dish with beetles, salted and sealed in
packages imported from Thailand, at the restaurant 'Le
Festin Nu' in Paris. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Popular delicacies in Asia but spurned by most in the
West, grasshoppers, beetles and waterscorpions have crept on to
the menu of a Parisian restaurant for the first time.
In the heart of the French capital, better known for its
butter croissants and haute cuisine, Le Festin Nu, or Naked
Feast, has just added to its menu dishes as remote as
possible from the classics, with crunchy insects imported
More than 1,900 species of insect are eaten around the world,
mainly in Africa and Asia, but people in the West generally
turn their noses up at the likes of grasshoppers, termites
and other crunchy fare.
Still, young French chef Elie Daviron has created a buzz on
the Paris food scene with his grasshoppers on quail eggs,
water scorpions on chicory or beetles with potatoes.
"I try to create a work of art around the insect," Daviron
told Le Monde newspaper. "For me this is a kind of still