Eels is a neo-bistrot situated in the east of Paris. Chef Adrien Ferrand had worked with William Ledeuil (Ze Kitchen Gallery, Kitchen Ter(re), KGB), so expect different influences in the cooking. We went last Friday for lunch, the reservation was done on their website, we originally reserved for 1:30 pm but arrived 20 minutes late. I saw that at nearly 2pm, you could just walk in and find some empty tables.
There were 2 lunch formulaires, entry + main or main + dessert for 25€, or entry + main + dessert for 29€. Normally I would have opted for the 3 courses meal, but I wasn’t very hungry with the extreme heat (35ºC), so I only took a 2-course meal, mr N took a 3-course meal…
Anguille fumée, réglisse, vierge pomme - noisette - smoked eel, liquorice, apple and hazelnut, this dish is terrific, obviously it was the signature dish as the restaurant was called the same name, long time I didn’t ate a dish to splendid. The smoke was extremely light, but worked very well with the acidity of apple. The crunchiness and the mousse, a good mix of of different textures. I will just return for this dish.
Ris de Veau croustillants, yaourt grec au cumin, condiment coriandre & tandoori - Crispy sweet bread with greek yoghurt, cumin, coriander and tandoori - I had a bite of this, the oriental flavours worked well although the promise of crispiness was not there. I have to admit that the sweet bread we had 2 days later at le Desnoyez (see review here) was better cooked.
Crevettes sauvages, oseille, condiment agrumes, bisque épicée - wild shrimps, sorrel, citrus condiment, spicy bisque. It was rare that both of us ordered the same main dish. Better than expected, the wild shrimps were really tasty and well cooked, the soup reminded a twist of Thai soup but without a total copy.
Tartelette feuilletée à l’abricot, crémeux amande, condiment pistache - Apricot flaky tart with creamy almond and pistachio condiment. Very good according to mr N. I had a spoonful, was good.
Mr N had a cider and I had a gin tonic, they had 4 choices of gin the Japanese Ki No Bi, and Monkey 52 and two others I forgot. I chose the Japanese gin, refreshing with a slight citrus taste (Yuzu).
On the whole, we were both happy with the meal (long time we didn’t have this feeling with French cooking). On the whole the service was efficient. There was a slight error on the order, they didn’t took my order of entry, it was strange when husband’s entrée arrived without mine. Talking to the head waiter, quickly solved the problem with apologies.
Go and don’t forget you need to order the signature eel dish.
27 Rue d’Hauteville
Reservation by phone 01 42 28 80 20