We re-visited this small wonderful 3 Michelin starred restaurant after a several year hiatus. It has been open 16 years and I believe it’s better than it was before! Service was stellar and they offer a huge yet reasonable wine list. They have several different tasting menus and on our visit they had fresh truffles that were available as a supplement to any of the options. You could get them for one course, a few more or on everything for adjusted pricing.We chose the longer of the menus and opted for a small amount of truffle addition.
Everyone starts with a couple of amuse bouche and they were both marvelous. The ham and cheese biscuit was almost sweet and had a heavenly crust. The parmesan cream was accented with truffle and you actually tasted it! The house bread is slightly toasted and has a good denseness with a fantastic crusty exterior and is served with a tasty artisanal butter.
The first course was the mushroom tart – a classic – and such a beautiful presentation. Accented with hazelnut oil and lemon it is a wonderfully clean taste that is well blended.
For the scallop and bone marrow dish was it was suggested to mix all the ingredients and that worked very well. Served with perfectly crisp rolls of ginger and apple that had really strong delightful tastes and an incredibly thin crispy wrapper. This dish gets a huge YUM from me!
The asparagus were so fresh that the huge stems didn’t need to be peeled to be eaten. It was cooked perfectly and left me wishing for a huge plate of these gems.
Next was the pollock which was cooked perfectly and all the goodies hidden below the fish made it really fun to eat. A lot of tastes to explore and all excellent.
Hold on though cause the celeriac velouté came next. A ring of truffle juice, made from the juice combined with butter overnight and then blended the next day, surrounded the buttery parmesan cream. It was so full of flavor, as the waiter said “it should be illegal””.
The lamb was exceptionally tender and when mixed with all the components on the plate offered tons of flavor.
The pigeon was tender, juicy and the bowl of smaller components was a real treat to nibble on. A seasoning paste is served with the dish and this is varied depending on what wine is being served at your table – talk about being pampered!
The citrus tartlet with light, rich and highlighted with bits of amaretti biscuits – a neat contrast of textures and flavors.
Next came a selection of sweets and none went back to the kitchen. The madeleines with chestnut honey were a particular favorite – sweet and crispy and rich.
We finished with chili pepper sorbet which was a nice change, a little spicy but cold and bowl licking good! This place has hit found it’s sweet spot and continues to turn out beautiful presentations of fabulously tasty food.
3 thoughts on “l’Astrance, Paris, 3/2/16”
often tried to book but unfortunately never succeeded
I think it’s easier now that they’ve lost a Michelin star.
you can do it online now (guaranteed by a valid credit card)
a table for 1-3 people with at least 2 weeks in advance notice should not be that difficult these days