Restaurant Amarante, 4, rue Biscornet Paris 75012. A tiny place with maybe 16 covers, no special décor but friendly and comfortable. Here we found impeccably sourced, top quality food simply and perfectly prepared with not a bell or whistle anywhere in sight but heart and soul galore.
3 of us dined and had entrees of veal tongue with house mayo, escargot in garlic parsley butter, and a rich and simple pate de foie gras. All excellent. For plats, 2 had the duck with chickpea fries and I had the sole, a gorgeous piece of fish, simply pan fried, with the skin, in butter alone on the plate, bone it yourself. Truly the most delicious sole I have ever eaten.
The duck was a breast and thigh, tender and richly flavored with crisp skin. For dessert we had intensely dark chocolate mousse, a very tart bruleed lemon custard, and roasted caramelized pineapple. All very simple, all very delicious.
This is not fancy food but it’s great food. Not the place if you’re looking for pretty presentation or special sides and/or sauces but if you want simple comfort food of the best quality and perfect preparation, you’ll find it here. With 2 glasses of wine and 2 bottles of water the bill was 154E for 3. I’d go again for sure.