Jugaad, Chef Manoj Sharma’s fantastic Indian restaurant

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Published by Manon C. · Photos by Manon C. · Published on 17 June 2021 at 15h53
Uma Nota team and chef Manoj Sharma open a new place together: a restaurant shining a light on modernized Indian cuisine in Paris 2nd arrondissement called Jugaad! This is likely to become your new favorite Indian restaurant. Who wants to bet?

Uma Nota team is back with a new mouthwatering restaurant in Paris! This time, no Japanese-Brazilian food, but Indian cuisine in Paris 2nd arrondissement, just across the Opéra-Comique! The name of this new place: Jugaad, running by Indian chef Manoj Sharma (MG Road).

The idea behind Jugaad is simple: making you forget everything you know about Indian restaurants thanks to contemporary décor featuring golden tandoors and fantastic naan ovens, perfectly shacked cocktails, and of course, modernized Indian dishes by chef Manoj Sharma.

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Free to express his vision of modern Indian cuisine, Manoj Sharma will revisit the culinary history of his country, bringing it his sensitiveness and added value of a chef fed with British culture and French gastronomy know-how, light years from clichés.

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Plates are filled with cooking of sharing, giving pride of place to fresh herbs and vegetables, vegetarian tradition being a must. Among the signature dishes served at Jugaad: Mâcher Paturi, an emblematic recipe from the Bay of Bengal, where white fish is marinated in coconut mustard and cooked wrapped in banana leaf; as well as Pork Chop Vindaloo, heritage from the Portuguese colonization in the 15th century in the Goa region.

Without forgetting about the famous naans given a special menu. Cooked in golden tandoors, the Indian bread comes in plain, gluten-free or stuffed; the famous Kulchas.

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Let us start our culinary journey with two very fleshy and big naans, one flavored with garlic (€4), the other with matured cheese (€6), very, very decadent. Intrigued by the Bollywood Burner (€6) on the menu, we ask the chef what it is about. This experience focusing on spices serves several whole or puréed chili peppers to nibble on, which we gladly do with the naans. Do not panic, chili peppers are not here to make you cry in pain, but reveal intense flavors.

The chef insists we try the curry hummus (€9) in which we dip big and crispy chips. A nice starter to share that would have deserved to be more flavored in curry - but we are a tad finicky. Let us continue with another very tasty starter: an exquisite half broccoli marinated in Korma saffron sauce (€14) and served still crunchy. We mop the sauce up to the very last drop.

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Next up, one of Sharma's signature dishes: maple syrup-marinated salmon (€21) with a side of pickleweed pesto, curry yogurt and bright yellow cardamom cream. Its deep smokey taste delights the taste buds and we are pleased to have trusted the chef that first sounded rather simple - spoiler alert, it is not. To pair it, we went for crunchy and spicy potatoes (€6) which were very good.

Then comes the dish that stopped our hearts that night: the incredible spicy lamb's chops (€26), served with mashed potatoes, labneh, pickled nuts. It is simple, this is the best piece of lamb we have eaten in a very long time. Perfectly baked in the huge golden oven, the meat literally melts on the tongue. A (very) big dish, far from what we can think about overcooked meats in Indian restaurants. A wonder!

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Last but not least, we must conclude this dinner, and order two desserts off the menu: on one side, orange and lime churros (€5) to dip in spicy chocolate, and on the other side, a delicious banana and Timut pepper Tarte Tatin (€9) rather incredible.

A quick visit to chef Sharma in the kitchen and we have a look at the huge golden ovens to see where magic happens, and here we leave Jugaad, full and happy. You get it first: Jugaad definitely is your new favorite Indian restaurant!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 1 June 2021

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    Location

    16 Rue Favart
    75002 Paris 2

    Official website
    jugaad.paris

    Booking
    jugaad.paris

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