At the threshold between Ukraine and Russia
Looking like a mountain cabin, the wooden façade of the Kalinka restaurant will immediately spike your interest. Chef Andrey Lebedinskiy prepares generous servings of typical dishes, just like in his homeland. Whether you make your pick in the Ukrainian or Russian menu, you'll get your fill of very diverse specialities.
You've already eyed up the borsh – a cabbage, celery, beetroot, pepper, carrot and beef-based soup – but the Tsar zakuski – tapenade, eggplant mash, tzatziki and salmon caviar assortment – also looks quite promising. As for main, you'll melt for the Ukrainian varenyky, those famous ravioli made of potato, cabbage and cheese. Kiev chicken or traditional golubsi, gulyash and Stroganoff beef all create similar anticipation.
End with a sweet tooth by picking a medovik, homemade honey and cream pastry, or a cheesecake-styled vatrouchka with Morello cherries. Unless you opt for a Russian Colonel, a vodka-infused lemon sorbet.
17, rue de Trévise
Menu: around 30 EUR
Aux Couleurs du Monde, from Honduras to Laos
Enter this colourful restaurant owned by a sympathetic couple who have agreed to sharing tasks: mister comes from Laos, the Land of a Million Elephants, and he pampers the gastronomy from his country. Meantime, missus, from Honduras, deals with South American specialities.
Take a seat in a bright and friendly setting, coloured in shades of blue, green, yellow and orange, and let the soft music lull you. If you wish to have a broad overview of Aux Couleurs du Monde's heterogeneous specialities, take your pick between a Vientiane simmered curry in coconut milk, a Laos-styled rubbed chicken salad, cheese quesadillas and shrimp fajitas… As for dessert, it's hard to resist banana spring rolls with hot chocolate coulis.
Aux Couleurs du Monde
118, rue Truffaut
Menu: from 25 EUR
Gentle Tibet in your plate
Tibetan cuisine is still little known from the general public, but it found its way to your plate at Lithang. As you enter the multicoloured dining room, you are immersed in a very local atmosphere, with traditional music and pleasant incense scent. Take a seat and enjoy fresh produce-based dishes. If you happen to go for dinner, tasting menus are available (also for vegetarian patrons). Start with a tsampa, a typical soup made of grilled barley flour. Carry on with your gustatory trip with meat (sha momo) or vegetable (tsel momo) dumplings, or thin slices of curry beef (langsha) with red lentils, rice and Tibetan bread. Put a finishing touch to your meal with traditional sweet specialities like dresil, rice pudding with raisins, coconut, cashews and honey, or a homemade yoghurt with red fruit coulis.
318, rue Saint-Jacques
Menu: from 19 EUR
Chez Lucie, a merry-go-round of flavours from the Reunion and West Indies
With Chez Lucie's West Indian and Reunion specialities, you will feel like each bite is a travel around the world. Amid this small restaurant seating 28 people, you'll be welcomed by a colourful islandish decoration. Do not hesitate to engage in a conversation with the talkative owner, as he loves spending time with customers as much as loves cooking. On the menu, you'll be presented with an exotic abundance of choices, starting with starters like the spicy boudin créole, stuffed crab or samosas from Reunion. As for main course, you'll be torn between the chicken Colombo, a touffé of shark or a fish cooked in coconut milk. The chabine chocolate or sweet potato cakes are classic desserts best served with traditional cocktails. Between a punch and planteur, the choice is yours (in moderation of course).
15, rue Augereau
Menu: from 17 EUR
Property of the Moma Group, this restaurant named Manko as a tribute to legendary Manco Càpac, son of the Sun God and founder or the Inca people. It is on the avenue Montaigne in the Parisian Golden Triangle that the chef has decided to set up his kitchen: Gastón Acurio has already been recognised as a king of Peruvian cuisine and he owns several restaurants across the globe.
For his first French address, Gastón offers you a sumptuous exploration of Peruvian flavours, reinventing the various subtleties of local dishes. This invitation to travel is paralleled by the decoration conceived by interior designer Laura Gonzalez, using quality materials (precious wood, golden patinas and aged silver leaves), reaching a perfect harmony between bohemian Peru and chic Paris.
On the menu, you'll opt for the Classico, a wild sea bass ceviche with red onion, coriander, white corn and tigre's milk. Unless you fall for the Criollo, a wild sea bream with spring onion, tiger's milk and yellow chili pepper. In line with the restaurant, a cocktail bar and a cabaret will round off that imaginary travel on Inca territory.
15, avenue Montaigne
Menu: around 60 EUR