Last night was our first in Paris and we spent it at Rino. The dinner was exactly what we were looking for: great ingredients, interesting combinations, stuff we can't cook at home.
What we found unexpected is that the menu is fixed - you have no selection at all, no a la carte - only a choice between the petit (3 dishes + dessert) or grand (4 dishes + cheeses + dessert). We opted for the petit.
In hindsight, though, I think we could have asked to exchange one of the fixed plates with say, the ravioli offered in the grand menu or the cheese course. What do you Parisians think?
First course was the best: called a soup but really a sauce based on nettle (!) with calamari, new potatoes and mesclun greens on it. It was topped with something crunchy, what we think are fried breadcrumbs and was excellent as a topping. This was a dish where the combination was surprising but worked really well.
Second was cod topped with cabbage & asparagus on tapenade. Excellent dish, olives added a great twist, fish was superb and done perfectly.
Third was duck which we are not such big fans of, but as a duck dish it was great. It was served with carrots, endive and wild sorrel and we think a mustard base.
Dessert was perfect, simple, well executed and just the right size portion. A cheesecake topped with strawberries (oh where can I get such strawberries??) a scoop of pistachio ice cream and bit of superb lemon curd on the side.
We drank the house wine and were happy with it (we're not such wine drinkers and we were still a bit jet lagged)
Thanks Meg and John for the recommendation.
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