Gare au Gorille
Warning: this establishment was tested before the reign of Covid 19… Certain information may no longer be up to date in regards to the current situation: hours, menu, prices…
The pitch? Two old friends from the École Ferrandi, Marc Cordonnier (ex-Arpège and Ze Kitchen Galerie) and Louis Langevin (ex-Meurice), decided, to blow up bistronomy in the Batignolles neighborhood back in 2015… The result? An atmospheric spot with a beautiful unfinished feel (a long line of wooden tables, metallic light fixtures, string lights), where you can nibble on small plates that everybody will love. For us, the night we went: lustful mackerel rillettes with pickled red onion – a nod to Septime where the two accomplices learned the tricks of the trade; insanely good raw mackerel fillet tucked into a powerful tomato and smoked ricotta gazpacho; very fresh bonito tartare with roasted cauliflower and raw grapes; flash-seared cuttlefish and glistening mandolined chorizo – or mallard enflamed by a perfectly reduced veal jus; a vegetable plate (spinach, mushrooms, celery) glazed simply in butter; and to raise the taste-bud-o-meter, a delightful chocolate and crushed hazelnut tart, or rice pudding with fresh plums and homemade granola. // G.LeP.
FEELING THIRSTY? There are no fewer than 150 natural wines to choose from, including the crème de la crème of the genre (Lassaigne, Robinot, Ganevat…). Uncork an explosively flavorful German Riesling from the Brand brothers (€10 a glass), a light Tavel red from Pfifferling (€42 a bottle) or a buttery Pouilly-Fuissé from Valette (€135).
PRICE: Menus €29-39 (lunch), plates €7-14 (dinner), shared cuts of meat €28-46.