Dinner at L’Abri is always exceptional, if you can manage to snare a reservation.
Katsuaski Okiyama is one of the many young chefs making Paris one of the most interesting places to eat. After training under Joël Robuchon and at Taillevent he has opened a one-room canteen serving little more than ten tables at lunch and dinner.
The six-course dinner is just 45€ and changes as to the mood of the chef and the produce available. It’s not a good place to take anyone fussy with allergies, as they literally will not tell you what is on the menu until it arrives on your table.
But when it arrives it is nothing but pure joy. Whether a poached oyster or perfectly seared venison, the food here is really outstanding. There is only one seating at Abri, so each of the courses take their time to arrive, letting the last digest.
It’s been a while since I’ve tombée amoureuse with a restaurant, but Abri was the perfect suitor. There are a myriad of horror stories on the Internet about trying to get a booking, but I suggest you persevere.
If you are lucky enough to live in France’s capital, try stopping by the restaurant (maybe on Saturday for a Sandwich) and getting both a staff member and the reservation book in front of you. They are often booked up weeks in advance.
Impress fellow hipsters: by managing to book a table.
l’Abri, 92 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière 75010
T. +33 1 83 97 00 00
W. no website
Tuesday – Friday, Lunch & Dinner
Saturday & Monday, Katsu Sandwich Lunch