|75 Rue Crozatier 12eme|
Tel: 01 53 17 02 44
Open: Monday lunch: Tuesday through Saturday, lunch and dinner
Rating Standards: 5-Stars = Extraordinary; 4-Stars = Excellent; 3-Stars = Average; 2-Stars = Fair; 1-Star = Poor
€ = Inexpensive: 30€ and under; €€ = Moderate: 31€-49€; €€€ = Expensive: €50 -75; €€€€ = Very Expensive: more than €76 (prices based on minimum 2-courses) Note: Does not include beverages
1-Bell = Pleasantly quiet (less than 65 decibels); 2-Bells = Can talk easily (65-70); 3-Bells = Talking normally gets difficult (70-75); 4-Bells = Can talk only in raised voices (75-80); BOMB = Too noisy for normal conversation (80+)
4.5 - stars...............................................................€€€........................................................... 1 - Bell
Note: If you order from the pre-fix menu, it's much more reasonable
What a find. This restaurant has just been opened for a little more than 2-weeks, but Chef William Pradeleix is no stranger to fine cooking. He has worked with the legendary Hélène Darroze at the Connaught in London and with Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the St. Regis in Bora Bora. And, prior to Will, he worked at "Manager" in Paris which got rave reviews.
This restaurant is located right around the corner from "Marché D'Aligre" a very popular market in the 12eme. At first I thought it's sort of an out of the way location, since it's very much in a residential area, with little if any business traffic. But as I thought about it, this area draws alot of people locally and from all over the world for the market. For us, it's on the other side of Paris, so rarely are we in this arrondissement.
The interior of the building is lovely. Very new and modern, with extremely large, wide open windows. In fact, the windows gave it more of a sense of space, even though it's not a large restaurant. My guess is that it probably holds 30-people.
The menu was presented in a slip envelop, they did not spare any expense on the quality of the menu. And, their logo reminded me of the "W" hotels logo, hmmm? They do have a lunch special for 19€ which included 2 small entrees and the plat du jour or the plat du jour and a dessert of your choice. Very reasonable. So, we perused the menu a bit before we made our decisions. It was a very interesting menu, first thought was this was going to be an Asian Fusion restaurant.
Now in both cases of the fish entrées, they reminded me so much of sashimi, the difference being they already incorporated the sauces into the fish; hence no need to have dipping sauces (e.g., soy sauce and wasabi), or pickled ginger. They were both a hit. I bet if they added a touch of wasabi if it would been fantastic and brought it to the next level. But alas, it would be too strong for the majority of the French palate!
"Daikon en risotto à l'encre coquillages / émulsion curcuma" (Daikon in ink risotto shellfish / emulsion turmeric) thus far all the entrées have been excellent and this plat was over the top in terms of creativity and taste elements. The daikon were cubed to make it appear like risotto, they were wonderfully creamy with the right amount of squid ink to give it a distinct taste. The shell fish were cooked perfectly. I am also a huge fan of turmeric, and the turmeric presented in the emulsion was subtle but wonderfully tasty. The color combinations really made it visually appealing and interesting. This plat was a big hit!
Lastly our friend had the Plat du jour which was the "Beef cheeks in their consommé Thai". Although this dish was very, very tasty and good, after tasting all the wonderful flavors of the entrées, pork, and risotto, I found this my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, it was good, well constructed, and delicious, but it reminded me alot of typical stews that I could easily make at home, or any Asian household. The kumquat topping was a very clever and delicious addition.
Comme d'hab, I had the cheese plate. It was two types of chevre served with a sweet spice and mango preserves and a dusting of "sable sweet crust" As I always say, you can't go wrong with cheeses in France, so I was a happy camper.
One person had the "Eton Mess fruits rouges / Zestes d'agrumes" (Eton Mess red fruit / citrus zests) the Chef's interpretation of the traditional British dessert, "Eton Mess". The dessert was very good, but nothing out of the ordinary. It was meringue topped with strawberries and raspberries.
Lastly our friend had the "Panna cotta basilic Thaï ananas rôtis/ sorbet mangue" (Panna cotta Thai basil roasted pineapple / mango sorbet). This was a wonderfully constructed and presented dessert. It was covered in a thin sheet of sugar waver that needed to be cracked, to get your reward. It was a bit humorous, cause I kept thinking of "creme brûlée", it was whimsical French take.
I loved this dessert. It was creamy, the basil was not overwhelming, the pineapples and mango was such a wonderful refreshing accompaniment
All I have to say is WOW! What a great find. The food is excellent, the service unbeatable. Everything was composed and presented with style without going overboard with pretensions. Although there are alot of Asian influences in the dishes, they aren't overwhelming. The Chef used his knowledge of Asian products and interpreted them into his dishes with his French cooking sensibilities. All in all, CHAPEAU BAS (Hats Off). So, you can rest assured we will go back.
With a bottle of "Chateau de la Liquière", 3-glasses of white wine, 1-extra glass of red and coffee our bill came to 171€ for 3 people, not cheap by any means; however, worth every centime. You can lower your costs by ordering the pre-fix.
Go quick before word gets out and you'll be unable to get seats!