It’s not always easy to find a good Corsican restaurant in Paris. Especially when we never set foot on the Beauty Island…
We loved L’Alivi Corsican restaurant in Paris Marais neighborhood. The same team is running the Chez Minnà restaurant, a small and local bistro on rue d’Hauteville in Paris 10th arrondissement. Of Corse!
Minnà offers a rather cheap lunch menu for €16 including starter + main course or main course + dessert and €21 if you want a starter + main course + dessert set menu. In addition to this offer, Chez Minnà also provides a menu filled with recipes 100% made in Corsica.
At Chez Minnà, the decoration is very simple, of industrial inspiration with tables and chairs looking like old-school school furniture. The atmosphere is guaranteed with Corsican music in the background and it’s not too loud. It’s perfect. Yet, the restaurant holds a musical evening once a month with local artists.
On the menu of Corsican dishes, we find – as a starter – an organic poached egg with mushroom cream, prisuttu (fried Corsican ham) chips and tomme slices, for €8. A very nice and gourmet starter, that is also hearty. Careful though, you want to keep some room for the rest of the meal. Adding the cheese and the fried prisuttu is a very good idea to twist a basic dish.
On the main course menu, we have – among others – a filet mignon (of Corsican pork fed with chestnuts), marinated with herbs, served with butternut and chestnut purée for €18. A nice dish with subtle notes likely to please those discovering Corsican food. But also, a beef tagliata (sirloin fillet) served with grated tomme and pan-fried potatoes for €20. The meat is excellent, very tender, but you have to love rather under-cooked, just pan-seared meat. It’s served here with some pesto and slightly puffed potatoes. It’s very good.
And if you feel you can eat more, Chez Minnà also offers some desserts and they all look tantalizing. We go for the more Corsican of them all: the chef’s Fiadone served with limoncello-flavored whipped cream for €8. It’s perfectly lemony and enables us to wrap this meal up on a soft note.
In our glasses, it’s also 100% made in Corsica: we go for a very tasty sparkling muscat wine in the beginning and liquor for €8 at the end of the meal, one made out of citron, the other of chestnut. It’s very fresh and it helps starting the digestion process.
From 7 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
10 Rue d'Hauteville
75010 Paris 10
Métro Bonne Nouvelle, ligne 8 et 9.
Du lundi au vendredi de 8h à 14h30 et de 19h30 à 23h.
Samedi de 19h30 à 23h30.