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Le Patton

Le Patton: an unbiased review

Le Patton in Fontainebleau: market-fresh, well-executed French cuisine in a majestic, converted home.

Just outside the center of Fontainebleau, Le Patton, with its beautiful garden, terrasse and glass roof, boasts culinary excellence in a unique setting. The restaurant is a member of the ‘College Culinaire de France’ which certifies home-made (“fait maison”) cuisine using high-quality products as well as a standard for hospitality.

They also (primarily) cook with local produce from the Ile-de-France region while respecting seasonality.

The restaurant is housed in a charming converted Bourjeois villa from the XIXth century. You can dine in one of the cozy living rooms, or in the back with a view of the stunning garden or the wooden deck and terrasse.

While the decor is typical of the Bourgeois style, the modern glass roof with a black metal structure and the refined yet not overly-pretentious cuisine are enough to not make you feel like this restaurant only caters to an older generation.

My recommendation: go there for lunch! The lunch menu changes every day and features 2 appetizers, 2 main dishes, and 2 desserts. While the price of the menu is not set, each course is priced the same (which made me wonder why not just offer a fixed-price menu?). The total for all 3 courses came to about 35 euros per person, with moderately-priced high-quality wines by the glass ranging between 6 and 10 euros.

Here’s what I had:

Appetizer

Crispy beef ‘croustillant’ and a beef jus reduction
Credit: Gitanjali Roche

Main dish

Grilled hake fish with vegetable pasta and garlic cream
Credit: Gitanjali Roche

Dessert

Lemon meringue tartlet
Credit: Gitanjali Roche
Hot chocolate profiteroles with whipped cream
Credit: Gitanjali Roche

Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for a slightly upscale dining experience in a very special setting. It’s off the beaten tourist track so you’ll mostly be dining with locals, as well as the local expat community. It’s a family-owned restaurant with a team of 3 in the kitchen, and I honestly enjoyed my lunch and my glass of white St. Veran tremendously. The fish was cooked to perfection (which is always a good sign) and the garlic cream was well-balanced ( n other words, I didn’t leave with major garlic breath!)

I haven’t tried out the a la carte dishes or the dinner menu, but the prices are quite a bit steeper at dinner time (which is totally normal for France).

I’ll definitely be heading back soon to see what the dinner menu is like! (And I also hear their English-style Sunday brunch is a huge success).


Let me know if you try out Le Patton and how you like it!

Salt

Salt Restaurant © Salt 2015
© Salt 2015

 

 

Great value lunch at Salt

Salt is yet another new gastro-bistro with a great value lunch menu (27 euros for 3 courses) that recently popped up in the 11th. The difference between Salt and similar places (like Le Servan, just up the street), is the vibe, the decoration and the super creative ingredients.

 

Amuse bouche at Salt: goji berry, black radish, kumquat bouillon
Amuse bouche: goji berry, black radish, kumquat bouillon

 

I totally fell in love with their beautiful ceramic dishes, and was so enamored with them I sometimes found myself forgetting exactly what it was I was eating! What was particularly memorable though was the use of fresh herbs I had never eaten before, like clover and all sorts of funky sea-grasses. Don’t ask me what they were called, but who knew such crazy things grew in the sea (aside from the chefs at Noma, that is!).

 

Salt: Main dish with clover
Main: ceviche with clover

Seafood oriented with herbal accents

The dishes almost looked like they had come straight out of a pasture, despite Salt’s clear seafood-oriented theme. The staff were extra friendly (still always a shocker in Paris!), and the wine list was great, if not slightly expensive when ordering by the glass.

 

Dessert: rhubarb, meringue
Dessert: rhubarb, meringue & more funky herbs!

 

At the end of an immensely satisfying meal brimming with flavors that were totally new to me, I realized that I had pretty much eaten a carb-free, gluten-free, dairy-free meal that was actually pretty darn healthy! There are no fatty dishes on the menu, only extremely light, fresh yet supremely flavorful creations that change daily or weekly depending on the catch of the day and what’s in season. At night they have a tasting menu for 65 euros that seems to be pretty good, though I’ve yet to try it.

In any case, ‘ll definitely be going back to see what else they’re serving up!

 

Note: the lovely waitstaff are mostly native English speakers, making Salt a great place to go if you’re visiting Paris and your French is rusty! 😉


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Salt 

6, rue Rochebrune
75011 – Paris
+ 33 (0) 1 73 71 56 98
Tuesday – Saturday : 12h00/14h30 & 19h00/ 22h30

Closed Sunday & Monday