Cuistance – World Food in Paris
My husband Tom and I love dining out and we do so quite frequently to write our weekly Paris Insights restaurant review.
A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a fine meal at a restaurant near Les Halles called Cuistance.
The menu borrows from the Spanish tapas theme. The restaurant serves small portions and encourages customers to order three tapas as the equivalent of the traditional French entrée-plat* to share with their dining companions. The selections are fresh and exciting with international touches; examples included Tataki de boeuf (Japan), and Ecrasé de burrata (Italy).
The restaurant is narrow and its décor is decidedly contemporary. Our servers were happy and proud to speak English with us. We were pleased with our choices from the menu. Among the six savory dishes that we sampled, our favorite was Ecrasé de burrata, flocons d’avoine, pickles de mini maïs, riz soufflé, vinaigrette de noisette grillée, cress de basilic pourpre – a flattened portion of burrata cheese (a pocket of mozzarella containing fresh cream) covered with toasted wild rice, ears of pickled baby corn, and purple basal, all dressed in toasted hazelnut vinaigrette. Delicious!
The wine list is lovely as well, including the wines by the glass. I enjoyed a glass of Pouilly Fumé – Domaine des Fines Caillottes – 2012 from the Loire Valley and a glass of Maucaillou – 2011 from Bordeaux. Tom settled for a beer (Sol, from Mexico) with his meal.
As we were waiting for our dessert selection, a Mango-coconut soup topped with a honey-coated filo-dough crust, Chef Henri-Serge Manga emerged from the kitchen to inquire among the customers about their satisfaction with his handiwork. We asked a few questions about the ingredients in our dishes, to which he readily responded, and then he graciously posed for the photo below.
Chef Manga is of Cameroonian origin. He studied at Thames Valley University near London and has cooked in Japan and the renowned Fat Duck restaurant in Berkshire, Great Britain. He worked at a wonderful little restaurant called “Bon in Paris” 16th arrondissement prior to taking over the kitchen at Cuistance.
14 Rue Sauval
Telephone: 01 40 41 08 08
Métro station: Châtelet Les Halles (Lines 1, 4, 7, and 14; RER A, B, and D)
*If you don’t know what entrée-plat means, then you may be interested in reading our new e-book Dining Out in Paris. For more information, click HERE.
Monique Y. Wells is the co-founder of Discover Paris! and the creator of Entrée to Black Paris tours.