The Petit Victor Hugo: the exquisite sea brasserie in western Paris

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Published by Caroline J. · Photos by Caroline J. · Updated on 25 October 2021 at 18h52 · Published on 22 October 2021 at 16h52
It is time to sail away! Head to the Petit Victor Hugo. The famous institution in western Paris is reinventing itself this Fall thanks to major designer Laura Gonzalez who came up with a sea place serving contemporary vibes. And to arouse one’s taste buds, enjoy very indulging and hearty propositions inspired by the sea, between shells and crustaceans.

Known to everyone in western Paris, the Petit Victor Hugo is a genuine institution in the 16th arrondissement. Closed since the summer 2019, the PVH – for friends – reopened in early October 2021 with a new décor and a new menu, managed by group Bertrand. And none other than famous designer Laura Gonzalez has been entrusted with the heavy task of metamorphosing the place. Careful though, she wanted to keep the soul and façade of the venue to make sure they are not altering the legendary character of this location.

So, what should you expect when visiting the Petit Victor Hugo, but 2021 style? Enjoy a sea brasserie both mundane and very contemporary. We love the mirror on the ceiling make the place even more grandiose, as well as the wood paper chandelier, the mushroom lamps and the spectacular carpet by Pierre Frey, without forgetting the mural designed by Laura Gonzalez herself and made by Atelier Roma. We were impressed by the monumental and plant-filled bar, to admire even more from the upper floor to get the whole picture. In other words, a chic and colorful atmosphere inspired by the 70’s and we love it.

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Speaking of the bar, enjoy bartender Adèle Fardeau who came up with a delicious list of classic and creation cocktails, including the flavorful “PVH” based on Fair Quinoa vodka infused with red Sancho berries, Umeshu Genshu prune liqueur, Osco aromatic Verjus, cranberry nectar and egg white. Or, you can have the “Shiso Gin”, based on gin, vanilla liqueur, pear nectar, pistachio syrup, rose water, green shiso and the “Salvie” (vodka infused with citrus fruit zests, Fair kumquat liqueur, Bourgoin verjus, cranberry nectar, bergamot syrup, sage).

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In the kitchen, female chef Sandrine Esteves serves dishes shining a light on seafood without forgetting to privilege short delivering circuits, seasonality and sourcing. On the menu, the staple seafood platter (with special Gillardeau No.3 oyster, and special Impératrice Joël Dupuch No.3 oysters), as well as fish & chips based on Icelandic cod, and the traditional mussels-fries… The whole based on super-fresh ingredients delivered every morning from the Normand coasts (small boat fish or line-caught fishing).

The PVH also serves some delicious plates to share to start with including the famous whelks from Granville, as well as squid fritters, crispy king shrimps, crab and avocado with smoked paprika, exquisite Tuna Fingers and Thai sauce, and classic – but always striking – French girolles with organic egg.

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As for mains, we highly recommend the half-cooked tuna and smoked eggplant caviar. Hearty, indulging and very fresh, this is a genuine treat for taste buds! You can also order the squid à la galicienne with aioli, potatoes and the delicious linguine with king shrimps, squid, mussels and clams!

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You get it, fish is given pride of place at the PVH but meat-lovers are not left out since three meat-based dishes are available (beef tartare, cube roll, veal’s liver). And if you are still hungry afterwards, get one of the 8 desserts available on the menu (cheesecake, profiteroles, mille-feuille, mojito baba…).

And to make you enjoy a very delightful indulging cruise without leaving the street, the PVH staff is all dressed up and taking great care of you. What else could you ask for? Ready to board the Petit Victor Hugo?

Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please drink responsibly.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 18 October 2021

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    Location

    143 Av. Victor Hugo
    75116 Paris 16

    Prices
    Entrée - à partir de: €8
    Dessert: €12
    Cocktail signature: €14
    Poisson - à partir de: €19

    Official website
    www.petitvictorhugo.fr

    Booking
    www.petitvictorhugo.fr
    01 83 26 00 01

    More informations
    Ouvert tous les jours de 8h à 2h du matin

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