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Restaurants with a sense of humour are fun, eating out should be an amusing adventure, unless you’re a French chef chasing Michelins etc., it’s not a job is it? So, try Mets Gusto, delicious Mediterranean food, it’s a pleasure to walk through the door.
You probably won’t if you’re not in the area, which is a pity. Location’s as important as a sense of humour. Mets Gusto is in a quiet street behind Passy. But, well worth the detour darling.
Chef Gaėl Boulay, ex-Ducasse, Troisgros at the Lancaster, Paris, Legendre at George V and David Alberge, Bocuse, Trianon Palace, Versailles etc., have created a friendly ‘hood bistro, seriously good food that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Market driven menu’s a journey round the Med. Wine’s mostly organic/ bio, as in honey/peachey Mon P’tit Pithon Blanc from Domaine Olivier Pithon near Perpigan, between the sea and the mountains. Nibble chef’s crumbly biscuits au parmesan with l’apéro Cerdan de Bugey a tangy treat equally good with dessert. www.vinsdebugey.net
Then, Cannelloni farcis aux gambas, Poulpe tiède et feuilles d’épinard tombées, Ventrêche de porc d’Ibaïona rôtie de chez “Ospital”, Emietté de tourteau et sa fondue de tomates. Boeuf + Black Angus à la plancha. Dish of the day. Lievre de Beauce à la Royale.
Desserts include a mouthwatering Vacherin à la crème de marron, orange confit. Sorbet yaourt au vin de figue, Tarte Tatin, the ubiquitous café gourmand and finish with petit caramels – demi-sel, citron or figue served with coffee.
From soup to nuts Mets Gusto is a fun addy, but maybe they should re-think their location?
79 rue de la Tour 16th
T : 01 40 72 84 46
Lunch 3 dishes – 27€
Average spend a la carte 50€
Métro : Rue de la Pompe
Shut Saturday lunch, Sunday, Monday
Rougui Dia’s moving on:
After 10 years’ as the black pearl of Petrossian, talented chef Rougui has said yes to head the kitchens at the soon to launch Buddha Bar Hotel, Paris. “Le Vraymonde brasserie will give me the chance to develop a contemporary signature menu, and yes of course I’ll be using caviar”, she grins. Chef, please keep the Napoleon of Beef Tartare with caviar!
4 rue d’Anjou, 8
T: 01 55 35 36 82
Forget trendy food trucks, Paris’s chic new destination “pop-up” Resto/Lounge is located on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, ideal addy for you and the Ashton until the end of March. Valentine’s?
The glassed-in contemporary space features sexy cocktail bar and terrace. Obviously, views are eyewatering, on a clear day/night you can see forever.
The restaurant, with Ducasse chef Alain Soulard’s menus, is open for lunch, dinner, drinks, but do reserve ahead.
1st floor of the Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars
Metro: Dupleix, Bir-Hakeim
or by Batobus : Get off at Eiffel Tower!
Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your reservation at the restaurant booth (between the north and east pillars, near the BNP Paribas cash machine) to take your lift ticket which gives priority access to the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower.
Lunch: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Dinner: 9.00 pm
Average spend from 39.50€ – 52.50€
Or just order a bottle of Alain Ducasse Champagne, sip, enjoy view etc.
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