Mikasa French Countryside Flatware Review – a Refined Touch

French Countryside

I had ran out of matching silverware a few months ago. One of the forks I had bore a bent tooth but still maintained a stoic curveture in the handle as if to say "I can still do this job". I was out of patience, however, so I took to looking for a better set online. Mikasa is a website I came across in my perusal. Its design and easy search features quickly drew me in and… a few minutes later – voila, I had just purchased a new dinnerware set that was supposed to arrive to my door in 3-5 days. Well, it arrived in two!

From the expedient delivery, careful packaging, pleasant presentation and overall diligent care, it is apparent that Mikasa makes no economy in bidding a customer happy.  Founded in 1948, Mikasa is an American company headquartered in New York, and is a leading designer, developer and marketer of quality table top products.

Stainless-steel flatware is for every day of the week use.  But this French Countryside Collection before me makes it clear that’s no reason for it to look drab and ordinary. Its simple country side baroque elegance is understated yet unmistakable.

Before receiving this quaintly packaged dinnerware set from Mikasa, I have never considered the innate material pleasure that comes from holding a true bijou in my hand when at the dinner table. The design of the well weighted fork gives one reason for reflection.  Inspired by the rustic tone in the line and the suggestion of timeless elegance in the name, I indeed allowed myself to be transported to the hilly side of a Southern French Manor, taking in the picturesque while enjoying my garlic herb chicken (not necessarily French).


Each of the 45-piece set utensils is made of superior quality 18/10 (18% chromium, 10% nickel) shiny stainless steel luster that inspires strength and durability. It includes 8 dinner forks, 8 dinner knives, 8 salad forks, 8 tea spoons and 8 soup spoons, a pierced table spoon, a cold meat fork, a butter knife and sugar spoon. The handle features a simple design with asymmetrical banding in the center. The set comes in a wooden caddy, to keep the flatware neat and organized. It can be conveniently purchased online at Park Avenue Gifts for $226.80, or straight from the maker’s website. Hint: it makes a wonderful and tasteful gift for a variety of occasions. Or even better, a striking addition to your dining experience, once you decided to cultivate refinement in your life. This attractive set is dishwasher safe and never needs polishing.

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