Set a stone’s throw from the Goncourt metro station, La Parade has just opened: a new eating cellar likely to satisfy taste buds in Paris 11th arrondissement.
Running the kitchen, young chef Aldwin Beets who was trained by Alain Passard, Alain Ducasse and even Guy Savoy. And to be honest, you’re in good hands!
At La Parade, the cooking is healthy, organic, plant-based and from the market with nice Mediterranean influences and vegetables in all states. For lunch, choose your meal on the board. And for dinner, the restaurant is more convivial with plates to share.
As for drinks, it’s female sommelier Raphaëlle Campion who’s in charge of presenting the natural wine list, as friendly (and talented) mixologist Anthony Zamora gives free rein to his imagination, behind the bar on which we gladly lean to have a drink.
The day we came, we let the chef guide us blindly and we were not disappointed. With 5 plates to share, he managed to show us how he masters his field and his love for vegetable – definitely in the heart of the plates!
Our favorite dish that night: old-fashioned leek and vinaigrette with light mayonnaise foam, the whole soured up with shallots and capers (€10), a small wonder.
Then come the sea scallops marinated in lemon with pickled daikon (€13), soft and punchy, Jerusalem artichoke (a close cousin of sunchoke – €10) cooked in milk and lemongrass, that surprises us as it’s paired with Sicilian anchovies; the seabream filled (€16) with hummus delicately hidden under mizuna salad and celery (€10) served just cut in halves and covered in fish eggs and a surprising black sesame paste.
Chef Aldwin Beets is in charge of the desserts as well and we choose not to choose: we’ll take both desserts! On one side of the table, the mille-feuille (€10), whipped cream and lemon sorbet with mint, basil and cilantro to brighten things up a notch (even though it looks more like spinach); on the other side, the blood orange and Piedmont hazelnut pavlova (€10), pretty and tasty.
Dishes on the board for lunch, dishes to share for dinner, brunch on weekends, wine cellar, cocktail bar… Now choose what side of La Parade you want to discover the most!
Starts 16 February 2020
2 Rue des Goncourt
75011 Paris 11
Assiettes à partager: 9-16 €
Cocktails: 12 €