I like finding gems of restaurants. Places where the chef may be somewhat unknown and is free to explore and serve creative and delicious food without the pomp of a 3* experience. I'd read about Vivant on several foodie blogs and made it my purpose to visit the eatery on a long layover at CDG in December. Following a long walk from my hotel, I was disappointed to discover that my email requests for a reservation had not been received, but they were quick to seat me as there were some available tables that evening.
The owner was standoffish at first until the first course and wine pairing arrived. We talked about the wine and how some of the flavors, unique to my palette, reminded me of some Belgian beers. There was a spark in his eye as we started talking beer. Then, on the spot, he told me that he wanted to change the pairings and bring me some things that I would find especially interesting. I was blown away. Truly fabulous pairings with perfectly prepared and unpretentiously presented food. I've eaten at many Michelin starred restaurants, but will return to Vivant the moment I next visit Paris.
Thanks for such a tremendous and memorable meal!
For those interested, I believe that it ran somewhere around 150 Euros for the tasting menu including the pairing.
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