It’s been a while now since the 17th arrondissement in Paris has started renewing itself and surprising us with new and very tasty tables. If the Batignolles area is always moving, the Ternes district starts to provide us with beautiful culinary surprises. We can think of Fanfan and even Caïus with dishes by Jean-Marc Notelet or Petit Gris managed by former Top Chef France candidate Jean-Baptiste Ascione.
But theses addresses aren’t the only ones treating our taste buds. Among them, we have Le Petit Nico too. Set in lieu of the former John Weng restaurant at the Place du Maréchal Juin, this very lovely bistro is the talk of the neighborhood.
At the helm, we have Nicolas Couture, who also worked in the famous Italian restaurant Rocco in the 17th arrondissement. After several months of renovations, he opened this very lovely restaurant with clean, bright and modern décor. We love the mural and its very wild aspect, as well as the large glass ceiling and the little lounge corner fitted in the back of the room.
Wishing to get closer to his patrons and offering more sophisticated recipes, Nicolas called in talented chef Marius Sebert. Betting on “homemade” dishes that is creative and hearty, we’re delighted by the menu, short but seasonal and very mouthwatering.
As a starter, we fell in love with the delicious Planche du Petit Claydee including a soft zucchini, feta and tzatziki fritter and surprising snail crisps, and finally tacos verdes with crayfish, guacamole, lettuce and grapefruit. A very beautiful success to start the tasting off.
We also fell in love with the honey and thyme roasted camembert from Normandy, a classic that always work.
That night, the chef also provided some corn soup with Espelette pepper and cilantro espuma.
Next, we have the fish of the day: delicious salmon sprinkled with sesame seeds and served with a side of smooth braised endives and beetroot sauce. Once again, cookings and seasonings are perfect! Honorable mention to the beautiful plating.
Across the table, a generous poultry supreme and its delicious oyster mushroom cream and truffled polenta.
And to finish on a sweet note, we go for the chopped pineapple elevated with jasmine tea syrup and delicately set on crunchy cookie. A simple but tasty dessert, just perfect to wrap up the meal on a light way.
Gourmands and cocoa lovers, the chef also provided that night a chocolate semi-sphere with caramel and financier and some chocolate cake as the dessert of the day.
In other words, a discovery we’d like to enjoy more often. We can only recommend you go to this unquestionably charming Parisian bistro with an unbeatable price/quality ratio for the neighborhood.
And for brunch fans, Le Petit Nico expects us on Saturdays and Sundays from noon for a brunch mixing sweet (viennoiseries, pancakes with salted butter caramel, almond financiers) and savory (poached eggs and grilled bacon, zucchini and feta fritters, smoked salmon and guacamole…).
Le Petit Nico
97 Avenue Niel
75017 Paris 17
Entrée : De 8 € à 10 €
Plat : De 19 € à 26 €
Dessert : De 7 € à 9 €
Happy hour de 17h à 20h