Akrame

The chef Benallal Akrame has just opened (6 weeks to be exact) his own restaurant in the heart of Paris, closed to the Arc of Triomphe. Chef Akrame garnered a great CV working at El Bulli with Ferran Adria and then with Pierre Gagnaire before working in the subterranean Konfidential in the 1st district. He now has resurfaced in his own sleek restaurant in the 16th where he creatives a globally-influenced meal in a no-choice menu format. Finally his food can breathe and his talent can shine in this much more conveniently located and literally ‘bright’ restaurant.

The restaurant is very bright, subtle wall colors and simple yet decadent decor (though I must admit the out-of-place wall pictures of tattooed women made it odd but still made the restaurant hip and ‘new’). The restaurant holds about 25 customers and the Chef and his sous-Chef work the dishes.

Clients choose between 2 to 3 courses priced at an affordable 25€ and 35€ during the weekdays and 45€ and 65€ for dinner with 4 to 5 courses. The one menu composed with organic products (and changes daily) is really amazing. It will definitely become the new hot spot. You can see the Chef’s influence from the big names he worked at in his dishes – something very refreshing in my experience especially since not a lot of up and coming (as well as young) chefs do nowadays.

Very interesting table-ware

The glass was the best I’ve seen – the top is cut diagonally

Amuse-Bouche: Comté cheese with herring eggs

Actually instead of an entrée, we went right into one fish dish and one meat dish – very affordable at 25€/person.

Fish

Steamed Codfish , cream of cauliflower with comté cheese, lemon paste

The fish was cooked perfectly: wasn’t dry at all, but very soft and moist. The cauliflower and the cheese blended well with fresh pieces of crushed nuts and garlic – surprisingly not overpowering at all.


Meat

Filet of duck, carrot and orange purée in emulsion, aerée of garlic and onion

Again, the duck was seared to perfection: crispy skin with a moist interior. The foam actually tasted like garlic and onion and immediately evaporated and disappeared in your mouth.

Coffee and mignardise



Akrame is definitely the new place to go, especially since it has just opened. I’m giving you all a piece of advice by telling you to go now before it becomes impossible to book.

Akrame,         

19 rue Lauriston, 75016

Tél. : 01 40 67 11 16

Métro : Charles-de-Gaulle – Étoile (Ligne 1, 2, and 6)

Closed: Sundays

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One Response to “Akrame”
  1. Thanks for the discovery! Can’t wait to try this place 🙂

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