The place : It's impossible not to fall in love with this little gem of a neighborhood restaurant boasting a raw and minimalist decor designed by the renowned Neri&Hu studio. Papi declares its love for design, the second passion of the restaurateur and owner Etienne Ryckeboer, right after his love for cooking. The best table? Next to the large bay window. And in the evening, delightfully romantic vibes under the flickering candlelights...
The plates : awarded Ecotable 2 stars, Papi is first and foremost about short supply chain sourcing. It's also about an Italian chef, Anuar Laghlimi, who makes fresh pasta in-house every morning. The stars of the menu, the spaghettini with royal bream, lemon, and bottarga, were perfect (€28). With a r Parma ham ange of appetizers and cheeses that evoke the flavors of Italy: plate of(€12), burratina with watercress and mushrooms (€9), truffle mortadella (€15), raw milk taleggio (€8)... And charming desserts, including the surprising homemade tiramisu with a Japanese twist, made with tea-soaked biscuits, black sugar from Okinawa, and soy sauce: a killer (€9).
To drink : natural wines, sometimes organic, mostly French but sometimes from elsewhere. Among them, Cos, a light but deeply flavorful red from Sicily (€86 per bottle). A rosé from Puglia, Valentina Passalacqua, with floral notes and a slight saline touch (€43 per bottle). And an aromatic white from Auvergne, Patrick Bouju, with apricot and orange peel notes (€63 per bottle). Wines by the glass starting from €8.
Papi, 46 rue Richer, Paris 9th. Open Monday to Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm and from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm. 01 71 27 77 65.
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