For several years now, the Pigalle area has been changing, always welcoming new cocktail bars and nice and delicious tables.
The latest is called Can Alegria. Behind this name with a melodious accent, we have two friends. On one side, Marc-Antoine Colonna. Coming from Corsica, former student at the Ferrandi school, he multiplied experiences especially with chef Nicolas within Alain Ducasse’s restaurants or La Oliva in Ibiza. On the other side, we have Matthieu Lecomte. After a carrier in web, he throws himself into the food industry and the purchase of his first restaurant, Le Petit Village set in Paris 17th arrondissement.
Today, both friends are becoming associates with the opening of Can Alegria in spring 2018.
Displaying a very beautiful and bright decorum designed by architect and designer Elodie Ricord, the restaurant shows warm and blue hues and harmoniously combines bamboo and wicker to velvet and brass.
As for the menu, Can Alegria gives pride of place to Mediterranean and exotic cuisine with dishes inspired by Spain, Lebanon and even Israel and Latin America.
As a starter, let’s have for instance some cauliflower roasted with spices, Mozzarella di Buffala with mashed beetroots, Provoleta and even trout ceviche with coconut milk.
As for us, we went for the two delicious veloutés available on the menu that night with, on one hand a mushroom velouté and semi-cooked foie gras, and on the other hand, a butternut velouté with feta and chestnuts. Both creamy and spicy, this butternut velouté is absolutely incredible!
Mushroom velouté and semi-cooked foie gras
Butternut velouté, feta and chestnuts
Moving on to main courses with not less than seven offerings. The Chef's specialty? Low-temperature cooking such as with this incredible and unforgettable grilled squid cooked for 4 hours. As the side of this super soft squid, the Chef cooked flavorful mashed sweet potatoes enhanced with herbs and plants - cilantro and rosemary - making this dish even more wonderful.
Grilled squid, mashed sweet potatoes, cilantro, rosemary
Another major main of the restaurant? The lamb's knuckle-end cooked for 7 hours with apricots and vegetables. Once again, our taste buds are delighted by this incredible cooking, this flavorful mustard and the blend of flavors.
7-hour cooked lamb's knuckle-end with apricots and vegetables
For the rest of these dishes, we have a grilled seabass fillet served with ratatouille and sauce vierge or even chicken with morels and risotto.
And to end on a sweet note, may sweet-toothed foodies be rest-assured, the restaurant also provides a few desserts. Not available on the menu, they change every day according to the chef's mood and honor French desserts That night we went for the divine and hearty rum baba, then we fall for the smooth chocolate mousse.
And to accompany these dishes, the restaurant offers about fifty wine references. For mixed beverage lovers, Can Alegria came up with several creation cocktails such as the very refreshing cocktail N°3 made of gin, cucumber, liqueur St Germain, lemon juice and apple juice or the cocktail N°1 - more fruity - with vodka, mashed red berries, lemon juice, vanilla liquor and sugar.
In other words, here's another table in Pigalle you want to try asap, not only for its flavorful cuisine inviting to travel, but also for its warm and friendly atmosphere. As a bonu? The wonderful room that can be privatized in the restaurant basement, just right next to the kitchen.
So, are you ready to discover Can Alegria mouthwatering cuisine?
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From 7 February 2019 to 31 December 2019
73 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
75009 Paris 9
Ouvert du mardi au samedi de 20h à 2h