5 rue du Pontoise, Paris, 75005
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Expert review of Itinéraires
Thirty something chef Sylvain Sendra is one of the bright new talents of French cuisine, first attracting attention in the tiny Temps au Temps on rue Paul-Bert before moving to this airy Latin Quarter location, losing a bit of its insider feel, but gaining in space and sophistication, actually all the better for appreciating the panoply of ideas.
Sendra is clearly bursting with ideas, combining fine French produce with exotic citrus fruit or unusual types of radish to achieve a whirlwind mix of colours, textures and flavours. Produce is first rate (Bordier butter, lamb from the Lozère), with a big Basque ham sitting on the counter and organic vegetables. For once the desserts are well up there with the rest, perhaps the brilliantly original lemon meringue tart, deconstructed into individual components and flavoured with Earl Grey tea, or an exotic mango, passion fruit and lemongrass assortment.
Refreshed cream-coloured corner bistro drawing a mix of cosmopolitan foodies and Left Bank intellectuals, with a mood that is chatty but serious as befits such foodie discoveries.
The chef's wife Sarah oversees the dining room aided by a bunch of young international staff.
Towards the river off the eastern end of boulevard St-Germain on a street best known for its Art Deco swimming pool.
Expect to pay 26 euros for the lunchtime menu du marché, 36 euros for the three-course dinner, which is good for this standard of food, though watch out for supplements on dishes such as scallops or game.
More information on Itinéraires:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Restaurant
- French, Modern
- 5 rue du Pontoise, Paris, 75005
- 01 46 33 60 11
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sat noon-2pm, 8pm-10.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
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