The Camondo is the good deal hidden rue Monceau. Sticking to the Musée Nissim de Camondo (this hotel particulier turned into a museum of decorative arts, displaying magnificent pieces of furniture from the 18th century), and Parc Monceau, this restaurant in the 8th arrondissement and gorgeous terrace have it all.
From the moment you made it in, you are delighted by the place displaying high ceilings and metallic framework. We must say this place used to be the stables then turned into a car garage in the house of Moïse de Camondo, to whom we owe the inspired museum of the Petit Trianon, please! A beautiful cocktail bar, right in the middle and huge, stand before us to delight with refreshing nights.
Once you are in and walked past the first room, discover the second and bright room in the winter garden, so you can have a seat, enjoying the superb stone fountain. The patio doors give way to the stoned terrace, covered in many plants and palm trees for a true change of scenery.
Moving on to the food, chef Fanny Herpin, coming from Bordeaux took the restaurant over in 2020. After working at restaurant Allard, L’Epicure (Bristol) under the wing of Eric Fréchon, at Taillevent with Alain Solivérès, Herpin has trained at Maison Ducasse, at Hôtel Byblos, Pinch, Jules Verne, Le Meurice with Christophe Saintagne and then at Benoît.
We can say she knows her share when it comes to major houses, and at only 32, she serves wonderful cuisine. Light and sustainable food, cooked slowly, low in fat, so good. And there is no good food without good produces. Sticking to her eco-friendly approach, the chef enjoys finding quality produces coming straight from producers, from farm to table.
Enjoy fruits and vegetables from farmer Christophe Latour in Lot-et-Garonne, poultry, veal and lamb from Ferme de Tauziet, fish from Les Chalands that Tom Saveurs purchased from small boats in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Cap Breton and the Pyrénées, for the former, and the Atlantic Coast for the latter. There is no good table without a good point made, and this point is made by Jean-Luc Poujauran and his absolutely delicious sourdough bread.
Moving on to the good deal, note the La Petite Pêche au Camondo, on Saturday lunches. As she loves seafood and stands out for sustainable fishing, on Saturdays, Fanny Herpin offers a fish-based dish depending on deliveries and inspiration. If you like fish and want to enjoy pout, jack mackerel, gurnard, mullet and blue ling, this is a great deal you do not want to miss. For €18 the Petite Pêche and €22 the dish served with homemade iced tea, it will not disappoint.
Camondo restaurant menu:
On the menu, summer-inspired dishes delighting one's taste buds. As a starter, we got the burratina with butternut squash; the organic hen egg with white asparagus, Belles du marsan, Colonnata lard and grilled buckwheat; the excellent Scottish salmon in gravlax and snow pea cream with lemongrass, radish and croutons; the Croques à la truffe and the sublime Beetroot carpaccio, fresh goat's cheese and arugula pesto served with mustard caviar. Well-seasoned and uplifted, fresh produces are worked to the perfection and taste wonderful.
Moving on to mains, it might sound classic, but do not be fooled. Enjoy the candied suckling pig scented with herbs, the sublime trout from Pyrénées poached in its nage, melting in the mouth. With fresh and crunchy snow peas, whole carrot and mash and redcurrant emulsion, this is heaven on Earth. The day we came, the daily special was roasted line-caught grouper with colorful beetroots, horseradish cream and top condiment, what a discovery!
As for dessert, we highly recommend the vanilla rice pudding. Low in sugar, and brillantly topped with crunchy black rice and drizzled caramel, it tastes divine. If pastry is your thing, you can get the two pastries by Nina Métayer (we got the chocolate tart). Last but not least, on sunny days, you should definitely get the ice creams by Glazed.
In other words, if you feel like having a bite after a walk in Parc Monceau, or visiting the 8th arrondissement or the Musée Nissim de Camondo, you know where to go for a charming break.
This test has been carried out as part of a business invitation. If your experience differs from ours, please let us know in the comments.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 28 April 2022
Le Camondo restaurant
61 Rue de Monceau
75008 Paris 8
Entrées: €16 - €23
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