Vivant Table

Pierre Jancou (of Vivant) is back. With a proven track record of successful ventures such as Racines, La Cremerie and La Bocca; he closed down Vivant to upgrade its look and come back with a new Chef and a different menu. What was wrong with the ‘old’ Vivant? It was never broken.

The restaurant decor is slightly more upgraded, he has a new logo for his restaurant but he still showcases mural paintings of what the restaurant was before, a bird shop.

Now called Vivant Table under the helm of Chef Sota, 26 years (ex-Troisgros, Robuchon, Stella Maris and Toyo), Jancou runs more ambitious and tasty menus with prices to beat:  29 (entree and plat)/39€ (entree, plat, desser) (for lunch) and carte blanche (70/+49€ with wine). Instead of acting as the cook, he was able to talk with clients, explain his concept and just, have fun!

The natural wines are still there and and Vivant Table offers a wine pairing and both a la carte & carte blanche chef choice menus.

What’s more, Jancou opened a wine bar next door. Named Vivant Cave, it features French and Italian charcuterie, small plates, cheese and sandwiches. Tending the bar are natural wine-obsessed staff (from the previous restaurant).

I was a bit wary about which wine to choose. I opted for a glass rather than a bottle (was trying to detox to be honest) and the waitress recommended a fine wine pairing, Bordeaux to be exact, right up my alley and at a great price as well. She didn’t recommend the most expensive but really felt that it would accompany the dishes as per what was ordered. 

To start…

Creamy of celery, Burrata cheese and capers

Warm, wonderful and a great start.

Scallops, Seasonal vegetables, Lard of Colonnata

The scallops were lightly seared and melted in your mouth with the Lard de Colonnata. A light start. 

Black Pudding, Galician octopus, Pumpkin

Great surprise pairing, once again. I would have preferred another portion of black pudding instead of the pumpkin but it was crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. A nice treat. 

Black Pollock fish, Artichoke, Black Olives


Haunch of venison, watercress, hazelnuts

I was a bit scared ordering this dish. I was going to order the pork (as usual) but the waitress highly recommended this dish. And well, since she got it right for the wine, I was like ok, what the heck! (even though venison is not my favorite). It did not have a strong and overbearing taste as I imagine. The taste was subtly, and the foie went well with it. Sweetness came from the roasted hazelnuts and the lightly buttered vegetables. 

I tried to grab a seat for an extra glass of wine next door, but they were closed…Next time, I guess. It is a terrific combination of the casual and funky and serving gorgeous modernist dishes. The wine remains all-natural, and the cooking is better than ever and an absolute steal at lunch.

Vivant Table

43 rue des Petites Ecuries 75010

Tel : + 33 1 42 46 43 55 

Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (Lignes 8, 9)

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