Had reservations at Les Papilles but was voluntarily delayed at the Matisse show at the Pompidou Center. In trying to change to a later time, it was suggested we find another resto for dinner. *sigh* Called Dans Les Landes, recommended by the LeFooding site and went there. Dans Les Landes was amazing.
All daily specials are on a chalkboard. It's inventive tapas, so you need not order appetizers, plats and desserts. Mix it up, try what you wish and ask for wine recommendations. The service is terrific, the restaurant is hopping, the music is excellent. Highlights were duck and oysters served on the half shell on a bed of sea salt, grilled suckling pig slices, quail, and the house made armagnac digestif. We were made to feel phenomenally welcome and in the end, this evening was one of the highlights of our Paris journey.
The restaurant was begun by the same guys who founded Afaria in the 15e.
Check out LeFooding, a kind of hip and cool french recommendation site in Paris. It's a little anti-michelin, but as a tool this site is worthwhile and having gone to a couple of their recommended restaurants and with relatives in Paris who have also enjoyed some of the recommendations --- I think this is worth a look. They provide an additional approach to eating your way through Paris, stress the new french approach to food and many young french chefs.
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