Things are moving by the Arts et Métiers area with the reopening of the Datsha, wonderfully transformed and now called Datsha Underground, and the opening of a hidden bar, the Spootnik. Set a stone’s throw from the Gaîté Lyrique, Datsha Underground intends to provide you with a complete culinary and sensory experience.
In the kitchen of the restaurant where Top Chef Alexia Duchêne worked for a while, there are now two chefs: Portuguese Joao DaSilva – who worked at Passerini – and French Vincent Bessy – who worked at Frenchie. Together, they deliver an experimental and creative cuisine, served in small portions to share with guests.
With the beautiful high ceiling, the verdant plants falling from the skies, the industrial windows, the big open-plan kitchen filling the air with tasty smells, Datsha Underground has it all. So have dishes, and magic happens.
Starting with this torched scad served with smoked mushroom broth (€15), these small raw and cooked vegetables served with mustard ice cream (€10), these shallots and kimchi dumplings covered in katsuobushi (dried skipjack; €18), or the exquisite cauliflower served in hearty and very crispy fritters (€16).
Then come two wonderful meats, a very tender half young rooster and XO sauce with squid ink (€18), and a nice piece of meat, pork belly, to dip in red berry sauce and served with a side of grilled leeks (€23).
The restaurant’s team recommends 3 to 4 dishes per person and we must say the plates to share are not cheap, but the experience is worth it. Small wonder, the PDO époisses cheese served like a dish with walnuts and grated Tonka bean, to enjoy while sipping on a glass of pear cider wonderfully pairing it (€18).
All the way to desserts, original: a 100% fig dessert – the last of the season – with nice whole figs, and delicious fig tree leaf ice cream (€9), and a steamed cheese cake, whisky caramel and coffee ice cream (€9).
Once dinner is over, the experience is far from finished. Walk down the stairs and discover the hidden and cosmic-looking bar under the restaurant. This is the Spootnik! Its décor and design are inspired by the Russian space conquest and the main piece is an orbital sculpture revolving around itself.
All night long, one can enjoy cocktails created by mixologists John Lenoir and Dylan Kavak. As for the sound atmosphere, resident DJs mix every night to delight night owls. You almost have to go for a pre-dinner drink, or after your meal at the Datsha Underground to extend the night!
Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please drink responsibly.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 2 September 2021
57 Rue des Gravilliers
75003 Paris 3
Arts et Métiers (lignes 3 et 11)
Restaurant ouvert du mardi au samedi de 19h à 23h.
Bar ouvert du mercredi au samedi de 19h à 2h.