Fish Club

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The Fish Club by Chzon, Paris France - Photo Kristen Pelou
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The Fish Club by Chzon, Paris France - Photo Kristen Pelou
1st arrondissement

Following the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, the Beef Club Ballroom and other frighteningly hip cocktail bars from the Experimental Cocktail group, Olivier Le Bon and his team have moved to a South American angle for their next project, the Fish Club, a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant specialising in fish and seafood lodged in a former butcher’s shop.

Leaning on the bar, you can watch the team put together the stunning pisco (Peruvian grape brandy) based cocktails; we liked the Pisco Sour (pisco, lime, sugar, egg white and Angostura bitters, €12). If not, the thick file of wines offers difficult choices between, for example, a good red Fitou, a white Chablis or a classic Saumur (a sommelier is on hand to help).

When in season, head for the mussels and oysters, but there’s also a large range of seafood-based tapas to share ­– things like crab cakes with mango tartare, octopus and chorizo kebabs, or soft croquettes with ham and chives. Then the house speciality is tiraditos and ceviche – our favourite was the ceviche mixte with line-caught maigre, leche de tigre (fish with lime juice and hot pepper), octopus, prawns, cockles, red onion, spicy peppers and fresh coriander. Milder was the tiradito verde with white tuna, combining leche de tigre, coriander, fresh parsley, lime, asparagus, petits pois and shiso shoots.

To round off, it’s a tough choice between the alfajores – crunchy vanilla biscuits with cream, raspberries pistachios and dulche de leche, or rice pudding with honey and ginger, topped with pineapple, mango and kiwi and flanked by a crunchy sesame galette.

Fish Club is just as busy and expensive as you would expect with all the hype, but still demands to be visited; the experience won't disappoint.

Venue name: Fish Club
Contact:
Address: 58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1er
Paris

Opening hours: Everyday 6pm-2am
Transport: Métro : Etienne Marcel
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