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…
Antoine Vernouillet is a genius. This discreet young chef could have been a political scientist, but fate had other plans… And so here he is, with his partner Amandine Bernanose, delighting taste buds in Cognac at their restaurant Poulpette. Inside this contemporary space (wood and steel tables, an open kitchen, hanging light bulbs), Laurent Weymeels’ elegant ceramics display the chef’s little wonders for around 30 guests – and all that without a commis chef! On the menu the day we went for lunch: incredible herring with preserved lemon and lovage-infused taramasalata; phenomenal slow-roasted Basque veal rump with a duck jus, cream of smoked beetroot and coffee, an anchovy condiment, roasted pepper and baby mustard shoots; before a perfect chocolate ganache served with a raw cream ice cream, muscovado sugar and cocoa nibs. It’s worth noting that there are Poulpett’ups on Saturday nights with shared tapas plates. // F.P.
FEELING THIRSTY? It’s all clean! Reds like Raisons Gaulois from Lapierre (€4.50 a glass) or Anathème from Thierry Forestier (€25 a bottle), white Nature from Patrick Meyer (€33)… And for the local touch, a white Pineau-des-Charentes from Rémi Landier (€5 a glass) or Cognac from Jean Fillioux, 1994 (€9 for 20 ml).
PRICE: Menu €26 (lunch except Saturdays), tapas plates €8-15 (Saturday night), à la carte €35-40.