I feel bad for Verjus. The restaurant that is. They received a few so-so reviews back in December and I didn't really see anything else about them in the blog world. As it is with every other expat in Paris, I'd heard about Hidden Kitchen but missed it because I arrived in Paris too late. But then I heard about Laura and Braden's next project: Verjus. Yes! Just like Yoga for the People! It's Hidden Kitchen for the people! And there was going to be a wine bar to boot!
Sir Lancelot and I tried the wine bar back in early November, adored the celery root (oops, celery root trend not intended) dumplings and yes the fried chicken but I really adored the dumplings. So we eagerly booked for their first weekend in December. Unfortunately and as our luck would have it, Verjus had to cancel because there was a medical emergency.
Luckily everyone is healthy again and Verjus is going strong with packed nights Monday - Friday but I've not read the most positive reviews.
|Beautiful wooden decor and candle-lit setting. A special touch are the different wooden |
chairs at each table. The randomness adds to the authenticity.
So when Lancelot suggested an evening out in the 1st arrondissement, as he in the area doing late-evening editing on an upcoming commercial, I immediately thought this would be a good opportunity to finally try out Verjus.
And we were more than impressed.
The servers were lovely. The wine plentiful and perfectly matched. The food the perfect temperature. The flavors relevant and in-sync.
|Lovely red and yellow beets, pickled carrots and shallot polenta.|
We indulged in the tasting menu with wine and were not disappointed. The offerings were unique and seasonal but not over the top to the point where the plates did not make sense.
It is not the cheapest meal you will have in Paris but we felt the portions were sufficient (and we like to eat!) and we left content.
Go try it. And tell us what you think.
Because the Lancelots have not given up on Verjus and we truly believe it is more than just fried chicken.
52 Rue de Richelieu
+33 1 42 97 54 40