My partner did a last-minute-freaking-out booking when he realised we'd showed up in Paris with no reservations made for dinner on 14th July. Since I was hankering for oysters, he's chosen this seafood restaurant thanks to Google search results. Just a quick disclaimer that given the prices of this establishment, it's not something we can afford for chance on a regular basis! Yes, it's on the more expensive side, but it was worth what we paid.
Situated in Montmartre, it's a very stylish dining spot which serves - for lack of a better word, art. It's the stuff one sees in films but can never believe food sits on a plate this way in real life, but I am jumping ahead of myself.
We were greeted by a very friendly waiter, who offered to take our coats upon our entrance. We were 40 minutes late for our reservation and looking sadly dishevelled from all the running, but we didn't feel judged at all (I was expecting to be, in such a posh place). Instead, we had prompt service asking if we needed water to calm down before we started our meal.
The menu is varied and the dishes all sound luscious, but feeling adventurous, I requested for the Menu Degustation, which at 80€ each (they won't serve this unless both of us chose this option, which surprised us at first, but made sense later on), was basically a surprise menu left to the whims of the chef. All they needed to know were any food allergies and anything you would absolutely refuse to eat. I said I didn't case so long I had oysters, and was told by the waiter that he would have a word with the chef to see what could be arranged.
SPOILER! We started with raw sea bass served with a watermelon gazpacho, and from there the dishes just got more and more adventurous and amazing. Have you had vinegar served up in the form of foam? I thought not. Half the diners that night, like us, were busy taking photos as each dish was served up. I shall not ruin the surprise anymore and keep my lips sealed on the others save the photos I've attached, but I will say towards the end of the meal, my partner sounded like he was pleading for mercy when he enquired how many dishes were left. For those who want an idea, it was 10 dishes in all, which makes the menu good value.
The decor was very tasteful, and the layout of the dining area made it feel very open. Some diners will be privileged with a view of the chefs at work. In all that night, we had 5 different waiters rotating to serve our table, all with impeccable manners and, ahem, delicious accompaniments to the dishes.
I'm pretty sure it constitutes as molecular gastronoly, in which case this is my very first, and hopefully not last experience. Save this for a special occasion, you will have absolutely no regrets.
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