Abri

Restaurants, Bistros Poissonnière
Recommended
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Abri
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Mondays and Saturdays, 10am-5pm, there’s only one reason to come to Abri (‘shelter’), a pocket-sized restaurant next to the Poissonière metro: their multi-layered, super-stacked, millfeuille-esque sandwiches, put together by chef Katsuaki Okiyama. One regal specimen contained grilled bread, a deep and lovely sauce, a vegetable omelette, crusty breaded pork (‘tonkatsu’), sweet and sour cauliflower purée and soft cheese.

The rest of the week, there are plenty more of the young Japanese chef’s talents to enjoy. His CV (Robuchon, Taillevent, Agapé) would already be impressive on a far older chef, and against a bare décor, he makes his experience felt with French cuisine enhanced by Japanese touches. It crops up, for example, in the sauce of the marinated mackerel, with its almost transparent sliced vegetables, or a winter squash soup with pumpkin seeds and coffee.

The tasting menus are a big draw – four dishes for €22 at lunchtimes, six at dinner for €38.50), including dessert. You’ll need to be patient and reserve far in advance to get one of the 20 tables, but once you get in the service is charming and disarmingly serene, in a postage-stamp-sized room where the open kitchen takes up half the space. A lovely place to take shelter, full of delights.

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Venue name: Abri
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Address: 92 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
10e
Paris

Opening hours: De 10h à 17h, le lundi et le samedi. De midi à 14h et de 19h à 22h30, du mardi au vendredi. Fermé le dimanche.
Transport: Métro : Poissonnière
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Abri is for me the best degustation menu, for the best value for money in Paris.

And I know what I am talking about, I grew up in Paris.


The Japanese chef, is making one of the finest cuisine I got to try. Enjoy in the evening tasting menu 3 starters, one meat, one fish and one desert for a price you can only dream of!


The place is really small so you will have to book, maybe a month in advance.

If you are planning a trip to Paris, start thinking of booking now!


Here, you won't be able to pick what you will eat, this is all the advantage of the tasting menu, you won't spend ages deciding what to eat.

The waitress will come ask if you have any allergies or food you really don't want to eat. Everything is so well done here that I would recommend you to try even the food you don't like in general.


What is great about this place? If you are coming back again, they will make sure you won't eat the same menu! They usually keep a trace of your phone number, but they will probably ask you again on arrival.


Note that the table is being served the same menu, so try not to go with a friend who refuses to eat seafood, that would be a shame.