Botanique

Restaurants, Haute cuisine 11th arrondissement
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A gourmet restaurant with an unbeatably good value lunchtime set menu.

An elegant little pavilion with a bright frontage, retractable doors, a veranda, 71 rue de la Folie Méricourt look more like a lived-in house, than a restaurant. Inside, stone walls and chic minimalism complement the plants dotted about.

We sit downstairs for lunch, the bistro part of this gastro ensemble. Underfoot, a window reveals a well-stocked cellar. As part of the €25 three-course set menu, we get gougères (savoury choux pastry balls) on a camembert emulsion, then mushroom fricassée and a slow-cooked egg, perfectly accompanied by a glass of saumur (€7). Chanterelle, pleurotus, trumpet and shiitake mushrooms serve as a garnish for this slightly salty broth, but our palate is soothed by the creaminess of the egg. Then a hare stew with liver, pine nuts and parsley. Being game, the hare is extrememly rich, only increased by the liver sauce. It’s a shame the bland pasta couldn’t balance out those flavours.

The final course brings us back to the botanical side of things: berry jelly, sprinkled with verveine and sesame financiers, a perfectly masterful dessert. Botanique is surprising; expect to embark on a new gastronomical experience whenever you stop by for lunch.

TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE

By: Jenny Stampa

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Venue name: Botanique
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Address: 71 rue de la Folie Méricourt
11e
Paris

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12.15-2.15pm, 7.30-10.30pm
Transport: Metro: Oberkampf
Price: Lunch menu €20-25
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