Desnoyez is literally a hole in the wall of a narrow street/alley, famous for its graffiti.
It is totally chef-driven, the menu short and every dish on target.
I started with sweetbreads with asparagus, and the asparagus treatment was by far the best of our asparagus-filled visit. Just cooked through, with a drizzle of brown butter from the perfectly crusted, tender sweetbreads.
Husband ordered the unlikely sounding squid-ink seasoned eggs mayo with poutargue. Amazingly delicious and unexpected.
l went on to lieu jaune, a mild white fish that was superb: the flesh tender and flaky, the crust shatteringly crisp and delicious. Sat atop unctuous carrot puree. Lovely.
Husband chose the grilled Duroc pork, declaring it excellent.
We’re neither of us dessert eaters but were seduced by the chocolate gateau. What a good decision! Fondanty chocolate cake, a splat of lightly whipped cream and the season’s (and usually best) strawberries. We ordered…and surrounded TWO.
Several glasses of wine and a tiny tab for this generous and very high quality dinner.
Chef/owner Jean-Marc Sinceux cooks with passion and intelligence. His unlikely spot is one of our top choices.