Clandé, Paris, 3/4/16

Exterior
Exterior

The smallest place ever, but what a find! It serves only a fixed 7 course menu and provides a reasonably priced wine list to choose from to accompany your meal. The staff are incredibly friendly but English is not a first language so communication takes some effort. The small number of seats are well spread out in this simple, modern interior. An array of different fixtures light the tables and most of the walls and ceiling are unadorned plywood. It is a paper napkin, no tablecloth and an assortment of chairs (mine swiveled!) place that has been open about 3 years and all together is a delightful dining experience. Most of the dishes have few ingredients but they are well matched and seasoned that makes for simple  and very tasty food.

entry
entry
sweetest chef and waiter Chiho Kanzaki
sweetest chef and waiter Chiho Kanzaki
Chef Marcelo di Giacomo
Chef Marcelo di Giacomo
table set up
table set up
menu
menu
Frankie looked around but didn't notice the breadsticks
Frankie looked around but didn’t notice the breadsticks
Interior has an array of light fixtures
Interior has an array of light fixtures
bread basket
bread basket

 

Our meal started with an amuse bouche of beets that were almost sweet and when combined with the goat cheese made for a heavenly flavor in your mouth.

various colors of beets and goat cheese
Mise en bouche: various colors of beets and goat cheese

 

Next the tartar of black mullet with silky avocado and a touches of cream. The fish was well seasoned and melted in your mouth.

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Tartare de mulet noir, avocat: tartar of black mullet with avocado and cream cheese
wine
wine
The bread basket was the perfect size for Frankie
The bread basket was the perfect size for Frankie

 

Chef was a genius to combine béarnaise with whipped celeriac that combined to make a delightful sauce for the huge but tender fried white asparagus. I could have eaten a plate of these!

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Beignet d’ asperge blanc, bearnaise: fried white asparagus, celeriac puree and bearnaise

 

Shadefish, if I understood correctly, is like drum or redfish and was served on mashed and chunked potatoes combined with leeks. It was completely simple but absolutely delicious.

Maigre, pomme de ter
Maigre, pomme de terre fondant, poireaux: shadefish, mashed potatoes and leeks

 

The beef cheeks were coated with black sesame and served on creamy polenta with a black sesame sauce. The meat was completely tender and the dish was a savory explosion of lovely tastes.

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Joue de boeuf, crémeux de polenta, sauce sésame noir: beef cheeks, polenta, black sesame sauce
as plated
as plated
Frankie fell head over heels in love with this place
Frankie fell head over heels in love with this place

 

The first dessert was a wonderful set of flavors – the quince was not highly flavored but it added a great texture to the scrumptious lemon cream and sweet jelly like substance in the bottom. It was a standout dish.

Coing, créme de citron, sorbet yaourt: quince, lemon cream, yogurt sorbet
Coing, créme de citron, sorbet yaourt: quince, lemon cream, yogurt sorbet
Frankie checked out the products in the bathroom
Frankie checked out the products in the bathroom
Frankie liked the towel dispenser
Frankie liked the towel dispenser

 

We ended with the roast apple and white chocolate with a crisp Japanese item (that didn’t translate well) but regardless it was a total winner.  I know I missed some of the ingredients in the descriptions of the dishes but the flavor needed no translation. The talented team of Marcelo Di Giacomo and Chiho Kanzaki have crafted a food that goes perfectly with the simple interior of the place. You don’t need all the fancy stuff for this meal to shine and be memorable. I can’t wait to go back and see what they make next because I know it will be spectacular in a lovely relaxed setting!

Pomme roti, glace genmai: roast apple and white chocolate
Pomme roti, glace genmai: roast apple and white chocolate
underneath
underneath
Frankie wanted some ice cream
Frankie wanted some ice cream
Frankie made more friends! Marcelo Di Giacomo and Chiho Kanzaki
Frankie made more friends! Marcelo Di Giacomo and Chiho Kanzaki

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