Pantagruel at rue du sentier, in Bourse district in the 2nd, opened its door about 2 months ago. We had our dinner a week ago. I’ve to admit that I’m undergoing a pâté en croûte and pie period, saw the dish on the menu on their website, wanted to try it out. The last foie gras cabbage pithiviers we had at Maison by Sota Atsumi was good.
We have a choice of à la carte or a 8-course carte blanche. I forgot to asked them if it was possible to order both at the same table, this could be interesting for a bigger group who wanted choices and tasting menu at the same time. For us we both went with the 68 € menu.
The meal started with a bouchee: Smoked herring with leek, very good
Sour cream millfeuille
Oyster with shiitake mushrooms
Frog thighs, garlic gribiche sauce, with nutty butter and breadcrumbs
Fennel cooked in a brioche potato mousse and trout eggs - excellent
Meagre, langoustine and watercress
Meagre lightly grilled with langoustine and the juice of langoustine shells with watercress
The raw fish version with salad vegetables
Meat dish was the colvert duck and foie gras pithiviers with red cabbage condiment with several preparations including pickles.
Ice cream with pear
Apple with caramel and Cointreau cream, riz au lait and tarragon ice-cream
Financial biscuit to end this lovely meal.
Mister had a glass from Terre d’Eole, a red that had a strong character.
I had a white muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie 2018 with the fish dishes and a red bourgogne cote d’or domaine Huguenot 2016 with the duck.
We were impressed by the work on each dish. Each course was cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. The duck dish didn’t disappointed. Staff was friendly and professional. We were given the choice of seats, and obviously we chose the kitchen view. There were 5 persons working in the kitchen, they didn’t look stressed and worked in a rather relax rhythm.
If we would like to criticise, the meal took us a bit more than 3 hours, the rhyme was fine in the beginning, but slow down considerably when more clients arrived. We had a very good time despite we get quite used to tasting menu style of restaurant. As with Condesa or l’Arcane, you feel the energy and the ambition in this place. Chef Jason Gouzy and his team did an excellent job. So I would advice to go as quickly as you can, 68€ menu is a steal and is still a best kept secret (for the time being).
Chef Jason Gouzy
The gentleman facing us at the back, chef Gouzy (front) explained was the master of duck pie.