Set in rue des Blancs Manteaux, in the heart of Paris Marais neighborhood, Julien Agobert expects you for dinner. On the menu? Discovering Monjul, the chef’s very first restaurant that opened 11 years ago.
At first glance, there’s no indication about the explosion of flavors we’re about to witness in our plates. In the middle of a simple yet warm décor, with its small lights and plants letting their leaves cascading from the ceiling, we’re welcomed with an honest smile.
After a revisited Spritz (Monspritz with Campari, Suze, champagne and Martini rosato), served with appetizers with assorted colors, we go for the tasting menu (€55), for a beautiful tour of Monjul cuisine.
2 starters, 2 main courses, 2 desserts (in small portions, don’t panic), with each time, a blend of flavors that is quite incredible: cannelloni with matcha tea filled with Swiss chards and mint and wasabi cream, poached egg with crème fraiche mousse and Jerusalem artichoke, fried seasonal vegetables (namely asparagus and broccoli) and risotto and arugula pesto, perfectly cooked cod loin served with a spinach and fennel soup. Let’s end with a dessert with chocolate in all its forms with a special mention for the crispy “feuilletine” and, what we’re told is the “world’s best dessert” (yes please!): a very girly meringue dome under which hide a delicious rose cream, a matcha tea ice cream and a litchi, the whole comfortably topping a rice pudding.
Sophisticated but without fuss, Monjul surprises us with its warm simplicity that only enhances the fineness of its cuisine. To try asap!
28 Rue des Blancs Manteaux
75004 Paris 4
dessert: 11,5 €
entrée: 13,5 €
Menu midi: 14-22 €
plat: 21 €
Menu soirée entrée, plat, dessert: 37,5 €
Menu dégustation en 6 plats: 55 €
Menu dégustation avec accord mets et vins: 78 €
Ouvert du mardi au samedi, midi et soir