Acte II

Restaurant Acte II (Paris)

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Given how light the fare served at rooftop bars usually is, the night owls you typically come across really do tend to eat like birds. But that was before the culinary virtuoso Masahide Ikuta (ex-Les Enfants du Marché) brought his talents to the Parisian skyline, which you can now embrace at Acte II with full bellies and stars in your eyes. There’s a beachy playlist in the background, plus two hotbeds of embers (a barbecue and a Josper charcoal oven), which get topped with a handful of carefully chosen ingredients. All of the following graced our table the night we went: a striking line-caught jack mackerel ceviche with a spellbinding leche de tigre, smoked burrata, pink Corsican grapefruit and sambal (a spicy Southeast Asian chili paste); followed by an epic half roasted wild duck with teriyaki sauce, a grilled hibiscus and heirloom beetroot reduction – in the spirit of the fiery cuisine of legendary BBQ restaurant Etxebarri where the chef used to work; before a matcha tiramisu with matcha ice cream, a matcha cookie and bitter amaretto. On Sundays, Masahide trades in his elegant dishes for a series of small snacks: burrata from Taka & Vermo, smoked sardines killed ikejime style, charcuterie from Terroirs d’Avenir… In short, a feast for the senses above the city! // Renaud Fuego 

FEELING THIRSTY? Wines to get excited about: an extra-dry Champagne from Jacques Lassaigne (€16 a glass), an Hérault red blend from Jeff Coutelou (€44 a bottle), a Loire Chenin from Les Vignes de Babass, a Burgundy Pinot noir from Fanny Sabre (€59 each)… 
PRICE: Set menu €140 (8 courses), appetizers €22-28, mains €32-60, desserts €18, small plates €15-35 (Sunday).

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