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The Sentier neighborhood in the 2nd Arrondissement of Paris is well known for having some of the coolest bars, cafés, and restaurants in town. And right in the middle of the action, is Pantagruel.
Situated between two iconic Parisian spots, the Hoxton and the Grand Rex, Pantagruel is a gastronomic restaurant that boasts a coveted Michelin star. Since opening in 2020 under chef Jason Gouzy, it has been a notable addition to the Paris culinary scene.
My husband and I visited the restaurant to try their lunch menu on a weekday afternoon. The interiors of Pantagruel are elegantly done with the glass front adding a modern juxtaposition to the refined décor. The space has a paired-back romantic aesthetic that balances well with its air of warm, easy-going sophistication.
Lunch comprised of a three-course menu, or as the restaurant puts it, three “chapters.” First, we started off with some divine eggs with corn. Next, the main course brought us beautifully cooked Iberic pork accompanied by artichokes and figs. Finally, the dessert was an assortment of delicious plates made of plums, cumin, and tea.
Every chapter in the menu comes with three different composite parts, which all blend together as segments of a larger dish, united by an underlying thread of common ingredients. These sub-parts can be eaten in any order. Having this unusual format means that diners are able to taste a whole host of flavors, way beyond what is suggested by the menu at first glance. It’s like eating one dish with three times the creativity!
With the starting price of a lunch menu being just 52€, it is an excellent option for those who want to discover modern French gastronomy without burning a hole in their wallet. The dinner menu offers six chapters for 100€.
Like any French restaurant worthy of a Michelin star, Pantagruel has a fantastic wine list, and if you enjoy good wine, adding a wine pairing to your food at an additional 38€ is money well spent. Wine by the glass starts at around 15€.
The service at the restaurant was excellent, with things running smoothly even with all the different plates for each step in the menu. The staff really made the experience special with their flawless and friendly service. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made directly on Pantagruel’s website.
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