Monday, 1 February 2016

Les Climats

Creative fine dining in Paris

Les Climats

Les Climats is a 1 Michelin starred restaurant in Paris, just behind one of the most famous landmarks Musee d'Orsay. Les Cimats is known for it's excellent wine list and especially wines from the Burgundy region. The cooking is highly creative with a touch of French elegance, together with the impressive modern yet classy decor, this makes Les Cimats one of the most popular restaurants for diners of all kinds, from business parties, tourists to local foodies and serious wine lovers. Head chef Julien Boscus was trained by the legendary Pierre Gagnaire so I was expecting plenty of flair and unusual elements in his cooking style.

duck and pineapple tartare, sweet potato ice cream, coconut
shellfish, white wine, herbs, cauliflower, haddock leaf

The duck and pineapple tartare was simply stunning, the spice element really lifted up the earthy profile of the duck with the coolness of the savoury sweet potato ice cream added such an interesting, fun flavour to the overall finish, it was a highly creative and well constructed dish. The shellfish cooked in white wine had a lovely silky smooth texture and a mouthwatering aroma, this dish was all about using prime ingredients and managed to combine in a beautiful and elegant manner. Both of these two dishes were defined and I can see it being 2 stars quality if I directly compare it to any 2 star restaurants in London. The sautéed squid of main was also pleasant, the fregula sarda and chorizo garnishes offered plenty of extra layers of texture and flavours without overpowering the natural sweetness of the tender squid. 

squid, parsley, garlic, black olive, chorizo and
emulsified Bouillabaisse juice
pork belly, cabbage, ratte potato, black truffle butter dressing

While the desserts and the other main (pork belly) was less impressive, other dishes on the day showcased what Les Climats is capable of and it was indeed pretty special. My lunch at Les Cimats was a very highly accomplished dining affair, the quality of the set lunch already set such a high standard and I am confidence its tasting menu can push the cooking to the next level. The food was forward thinking with plenty of complex and unusual technique, and I would happily return to spend that extra more to try out its tasting menu in the future, not to mention to pair it with a fine bottle of Burgundy.

Food 4/5

What I paid: 

£45 per head with a glass of wine

Average cost without drinks and services:

Lunch menu: 42 Euro

Tasting menu: 98 Euro

41 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, France

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