Lovers of good food and of foreign cuisines, you absolutely have to go to Itacoa set in rue Saint-Denis, chef Rafael Gomes’ first restaurant. After working at Grand Coeur, the Brazilian chef wished to open a hybrid place mixing restaurant, café and freshly squeezed juice bar… With Itacoa we can say it’s a successful project.
At Itacoa, we enjoy healthy, fresh, local and seasonal produces at any time of the day: fishes are wild, meat and poultries of quality, the whole coming from small producers and a sustainable fishing.
Let us tell you everything about Rafael Gomes’ hearty and flavorful cuisine.
Once inside this lovely restaurant covered in wood, tiles and plants, we inhale the good smells coming from the open-plan kitchen and we start reading the menu. And we must say that each dish on the menu knows how to charm us to make us pick it.
As a starter, the heirloom tomatoes salad (€12) and the Burrata from Puglia (€13) clearly eye us up.
But we choose to trust the chef’s Brazilian origins and we go for the marinated and incredibly smooth tuna put on an interesting coffee cream and served with south-American corn puffed like pop corn and crispy capers (€16); and the casquinha, a sea stuffing with shrimps, yellow pollock, crab and coconut dressing (€14) served in a scallop shell.
The wonderful parade continues with the dishes: black tagliatelle (€23) 14-hour cooked lamb shoulder (€27), celeriac rösti (€20)… What a dilemma.
The gilthead sea bream (€25) put that day on Itacoa menu wins the highest suffrage rate. An extremely gourmet and creamy dish, an exceptional fish enhanced by a perfect cooking and the presence of several textures of cauliflower and Chinese cabbage to bring some crispiness.
The 3-week aged Charolais sirloin steak is critically acclaimed (by our taste buds) and we hail the presence of mashed and roasted butternut squash, oyster mushrooms and crispy hazelnuts in this same plate. The cooking of the meat is perfect, and this sirloin is so soft that you only need to put your knife on it to cut it.
To end this magnificent meal, we obviously had a look at the dessert list including a Williams pear slightly poached with thyme and served with ricotta cream and honey biscuit (€8) and a Valrhona Opalys white chocolate cream (€8) spiced with sour passion fruit ice cream and coulis.
So, don’t deny yourself the pleasure provided by Itacoa, the new irresistible restaurant in Paris 2nd arrondissement.
From 25 October 2018 to 30 December 2018
185 Rue Saint-Denis
75002 Paris 2
Desserts: 8 €
Entrées: 12-16 €
Plats: 20-34 €
09 50 48 35 78
Ouvert de 10h30 à 16h00 et de 19h00 à 22h30 du mercredi au samedi, et de 10h00 à
16h00 le dimanche. Fermé le lundi et le mardi