Les Tables d’Augustin is a cook’s idea, Hervé Deniel, with a prestigious and perfect career history.
As a matter of fact, this chef coming from Vendée fell in love with cooking when he was a kid, when he cooked with his mum and grand-parents.
It’s in the garden of the latter that he discovers hens, ducks, kitchen garden, orchard… Everything required to make tasty dishes.
This is how, much later, he continues his apprenticeship alongside Nicolas Le Bec in Lyon, then he goes to Paris to join the prestigious Maison Ambroisie, then George V where he will fill several positions.
Then, he decides to start his own business by opening this 22-seat gastronomic bistro in a popular Parisian neighborhood named after his son, Augustin.
If the thirty-year old chef trained at the greatest houses, by opening this address, he wanted something simple and friendly, without forgetting to serve high-quality food in the plates.
We tested it and it’s more than a successful challenge.
The restaurant looks like a small Parisian flat
The linear restaurant features a view on the open-plan kitchen in the back. Everything is decorated with sobriety and taste. To make us feel at home even more, on the walls are hand pictures of his son and even one of his favorite movies: “Pulp Fiction”.
In terms of menu, the chef works with seasonal products and pays a particular attention to use everything and to throw away nothing.
He enjoys working simple ingredients to which he adds his gastronomic touch, or on the contrary, going from noble ingredients and working with much simplicity.
Everything is well-cooked and seasoned.
As a starter we discovered the First Green Asparagus from Provence with Colonnata Lard (€12), as well as the Pollack Carpaccio and Osciètre Caviar, Mango Vinaigrette, Edamame Beans and Jumbo shrimp blancmange (€12 + €10 for the caviar upon order), and our taste buds are still grateful.
As a main course, what a first! An “apple” of veal kidneys, sand-grown carrots with turmeric and Cévennes onions (€23), perfectly cooked. You also have the large stuffed pan-fried loin of suckling pig, Jerusalem artichoke and juice (€23), or the Low-temperature cooked Cod with Nori leaf, Mashed butternut and wild garlic aioli (€23).
Keep some room for a dessert and especially for the Surprise Easter Egg and its warm caramel (€10), a true delight for anyone with a sweet-tooth.
You can discover all these delicious dishes à la carte or pick one of the set menus available.
But there are lunch menus as well
Les Tables d’Augustin are among these addresses having nice surprises in store.
We loved the very high-range cuisine of a rare finesse, the whole served in a setting without fuss.
The chef is oh-so kind and generously shares his passion for cooking. And in order to avoid spoiling your happiness, prices are very affordable for the cuisine offered.
We advise you to go with your eyes closed!
Les Tables d'Augustin
44 Rue Guy Môquet
75017 Paris 17
M° Guy Moquet
Formule déjeuner avec entrée + plet ou plat + dessert: €17
Formule déjeuner avec entrée + plat + dessert: €21
Menu dégustation en 5 plats: €49
Menu dégustation en 6 plats: €59