An Di An Di
Behind the bay windows of this sleek, twenty-cover restaurant (untreated hardwood floors, a jade green wall, light furniture) three friends are spicing up the peaceful Ménilmuche neighborhood with their French-Vietnamese cuisine. Adeline Gobin makes the desserts (ex-Jules Verne), Nhat Pham mans the stoves (ex-Foyer Vietnam) and Viet Nguyen runs the bar. At lunch, their winning €15 set menu includes an appetizer of golden chorizo and beetroot hummus samosas, or silky and somewhat spicy tofu fritters; then tender free-range chicken with ginger, cooked at a low temperature and served with cold soba noodles, cilantro and cashew pesto – or juicy Label Rouge pork ribs with lemongrass and kaffir lime infused polenta; and to finish the meal: green tea creme brulee or poached rhubarb with raspberry cream and whipped cream. At night, it’s just as good, but with even more variety: faux-filet steak with a pho sauce, dauphinois potato spring rolls and creamed carrots, for example…. To drink: lotus tea (€3 for a pot), Bourgogne blanc from the Vieux Collège (€6 a glass) or a red Clémence from the Domaine des Vignes Rouges (€23 a bottle) dug up from a primarily organic wine menu. Set menu options €15-20 (lunch), à la carte €28-36 (dinner). // M.A.-L.