[Paris 7e] Les Climats: restaurant, bar, winter garden, secret garden

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(Xochitl Gonzalez) #1

We are heading to Paris in April and looked at the menu at Les Climates - will try! Thank you!


Fast food, a cut above (Paris)
Fast food, a cut above (Paris)
#2

Go for lunch. The a la carte evening menu is much more expensive. The food was exquisite.


#3

When dining in an expensive restaurant, we will try to go for lunch and then if we are 2, one will pick the lunch menu, another à la carte, and we share half of the plate with each other. Like this, we have a better idea of the restaurant.


#4

That’s a good plan, but it was not necessary at Les Climats. There was a varied choice of lunch menus, and the ones we tried were excellent. I looked at the à la carte list, and–if I recall correctly–most of the starters were more expensive than the entire lunch menu. The restaurant showed the quality of its coooking at a reasonable price in the lunch menu. By ordering à la carte you get a greater choice, but not, I assume, a different level of cooking. I’d love to go back, but the problem is, there are so many places in Paris that I haven’t tried yet. Such a difficult life.


(Xochitl Gonzalez) #5

Thank you for the tip!


#6

The lunch menu is indeed interesting. And the outdoor garden is only available at lunch time.

Where did you seat?


#7

We were in a small, inside room.


#8

With the red chairs, or next to the garden?


#9

I’m afraid I don’t remember the color of the chairs, but I think it may have been next to the garden.


#10

I had a nice lunch here. I didn’t get to sit in their garden room, but it was raining that day so I’m guessing it wasn’t open. The inside area where I sat was cozy with comfortable high back chairs. They have a set lunch menu for €45 which I had, the full tasting menu at €130, and also a la carte items which as @bcc mentioned above were quite expensive.

English Menu
You can pick from a couple of options each for entrée, plat, and dessert.


Bread and Butter


Amuse Bouche
A savory mousse, a mini croque monsieur, and a parmesan crisp. I liked the mini croque monsieur the most.


Banka Trout
Gravlax; kohlrabi, radish, marinated daikon turnip and gomasio, kohlrabi dressing with hazelnut oil

Largish chunks of a trout gravlax. The vinaigrette was poured on top at the table and was only slightly acidic. The kohlrabi, which I’m unfamiliar with, looked and tasted a bit like melon. Also had a few spoonfuls of trout roe. Very nice dish that had some Japanese influence I think.


Line-fished Pollack
Sealed with olive oil; garden peas velvety, Iberico di Bellota chorizo and Corsican grapefruit

The cod was cooked nicely - a little medium rare in the middle, on top of a pea purée. Topped at the table with a butter sauce that added a little richness. Saltiness and sourness from the hard chorizo cubes and grapefruit bits respectively.


Emperor’s Rhubarb
Variation: Roasted/Sorbet/Gel/Stewed

I was a little apprehensive of this dessert because I’m not the biggest rhubarb fan, but it was quite good. The roasted or stewed rhubarb in the middle was very tender.


Petits Fours
A ginger marshmallow and a small cake of some sort, both tasty.


Lot of nice delicate flavors in this lunch, though I’m guessing I might have had a totally different experience had I picked the heartier sounding egg en meurette and the veal liver as entrée and plat instead. They don’t have a wine pairing for the lunch menu but the sommelier recommended a couple of glasses. Service was excellent.


Paris Trip Report April 2018