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82, rue Mazarine Send to Phone
01 43 54 02 11
An attractive sibling to Pinxo in the 1st arrondissement by Alain Dutournier.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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: Alain Dutournier, the well-known chef of Carré des Feuillants, is the mastermind of this restaurant, a sibling of another Pinxo near the Vendôme square. In the heart of the Latin Quarter, his offshoot enjoys a modern setting bedecked with white walls and original paintings, flanked by an open kitchen. The motto of Pinxo (meaning “pinch” in Basque) is simple: each dish is presented in three parts, as sort-of tapas, which enables patrons to share the meal by “pinching” from the plates of their fellow diners. Besides, the cuisine is unique in regard to intriguing seasonings and textures. For starters, we like the crab roll sprinkled with grilled hazelnuts in a coral juice, and the squid and piquillo fricassée perfumed with pickled ginger and served with small macaronis and garlic chips. The pièce de résistance arrives in the form of sautéed gambas with green curry on souffléd coco rice, and beef from Chalosse cut thinly as a carpaccio with artichoke, lettuce and Parmesan shavings, and coated with a dash of olive oil. Finish the meal with two artfully crafted desserts, a lime green macaroon with strawberries and a peach blancmange, a sort of cream thickened with gelatin and flavored with almonds. Expect professional service from the maître d’ clad in a suit with black gloves; and an attractive selection of wines by the glass. Lunch menu at €29.


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