Instinct Origine, the new gourmet sandwich store in the Sentier area

Published by Laura B. · Photos by Laura B. · Published on 6 May 2021 at 08h58 · Updated on 6 May 2021 at 15h00
Bistrot Instinct founders open a new store, Instinct Origine. This new street-food restaurant is a high-range sandwich store set in the heart of the Sentier area in Paris 2nd arrondissement. On the menu? Kebabs, and banh mi revisited in a gourmet and French fashion.

Bistrot Instinct team did it again!
While the lovely bistro in Paris 3rd arrondissement is getting a makeover and reopens from mid-June, its creators have decided to come up with a new concept: Instinct Origine. This gourmet sandwich store opens from May 6, 2021 in the Sentier neighborhood in Paris 2nd arrondissement, a stone’s throw from rue Montorgueil.

At Instinct Origine, chef Maximilian Wollek uses his bistro cuisine skills to create gourmet sandwiches. Furthermore, with his team, they have named Instinct Origine conceptsandwichonomy”, a portmanteau they have created blending “sandwich” and “gastronomy”.

Instinct Origine clearly stands as a street-food restaurant, but sandwiches available on the menu are cooked. Sandwiches inspired by world’s street-food recipes French gastronomy and flavors are applied to. Therefore, at Instinct Origine, kebobs are revisited with some bread halfway between ciabatta and focaccia, stuffed with 7-hour cooked pulled lamb meat. And bahn mi is stuffed with smoked duck from South-Western France.

Bread used for sandwiches comes from Tout autour du Pain bakery in the Marais area.

For those who do not wish to eat sandwiches, Instinct Origine also serves bowls. For instance, the duck sandwich becomes a bowl of gizzard salad with baby potatoes.
All bowls are served with a side of roasted potatoes.

More than a simple street-food spot, Instinct Origine is a concept taking things up a notch and part of an urban and musical universe. Artist The Shining Falafel signs portraits of Damso, Snoop Dogg, Orelsan, Eminem, 50 Cent, and even Renaud, adorning the walls.

Each sandwich recipe – which name is inspired by pop culture – matches a character.

The menu called “Foodtracks” is a reference to “soundtracks” on music albums and is printed on a canvas, the same way you see in festival stands. Set menus are called “compilation” and sides (potatoes, salads, and desserts) are “featurings”.

Of course, everything is homemade, even the lemonade. You can also enjoy some Île-de-France Gallia beer and wine in a can!
The menu will change twice a year: one for spring/summer, the other for Fall/winter.

Instinct Origine sandwiches are – for now – available as takeout and on delivery on Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

As soon as restaurants are allowed to reopen, Instinct Origine will open a 24-seat dining room.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 6 May 2021 to 6 May 2022



    52 Rue d'Aboukir
    75002 Paris 2

    Sentier (ligne 3)

    3: Free
    Accompagnements, desserts: €3.5
    Bière: €6
    Vin: €7.5
    Sandwich, à partir de: €8
    Bowl, à partir de: €9.5
    Formule, à partir de: €13

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