Restaurant Faim (Montpellier)

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Faim or Soif? Florian Colin (front of house, ex-Café Pitot), Jonathan Ouanounou (sommelier, owner of Décadence) and Anthony Calbo (chef, ex-Candide in Paris) are filling bellies and quenching thirsts at their Montpellier hideaway, a belly rumble away from Place Sainte-Anne. What should you expect? Some incredible medieval vaulted ceilings, under which you’ll find a beautiful corrugated metal and fiber bar, knick-knacks scattered around everywhere you look, and a jumble of LED lights poetically running through the space. What else? Straight from the agile hands of Anthony and his sous-chef Enzo Foures, there are some shared starters: a César egg, a bánh mì-style salad, a sublime Gilda pinxto revisited with anchovy and squid ink butter, dried pork liver sausage from the Ferme de Mayrinhac… Then a firecracker of a main, the “pasta Poulette,” aka Paternosti Lisci pasta with a reduction glaze and crispy chicken skin crumble – which you can also devour in sandwich form; before a Noir de neige dessert, which was composed of chocolate pudding with salted dulce de leche, or a divine rice pudding sprinkled with toasted buckwheat groats… You definitely won’t be leaving fa(i)mished!” // Megan Linar

FEELING THIRSTY? : Natural and biodynamic options for the short and thoughtful menu, in which you’ll find a glass of Tempête, a sparkling tannat from the AntocyÂme winery (€7.50), and bottles of Jamais Content, a Pic-Saint-Loup white from the Domaine de Mortiès in the Hérault backcountry (€51), or Alicante, a red blend from the nearby winery La Terrasse d’Élise (€43).
PRICE: : Set menus €18-22 (weekday lunch), plates €5-17.

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