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Achille Heart
Restaurants and bars
Open: Dinner Tue - Sat
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 1 48 06 54 59
Address: 43, rue Servan
Paris, 75011
Country: France

Achille is the latest of Pierre Jancou's restaurant adventures. He is well known for his dedication to the promotion of natural wines on his wine list and the very best produce available for the dishes that are served. We have been visiting his restaurants for many years now and have never had a disappointing meal.
Jancou's collaboration with talented chef Svante Forstorp has taken the food to new heights. It is bold, innovative and delicious. And, of course, there is an interesting selection of natural wines available. We loved the Rapapeo XV made from Viognier and Roussanne in the Ardeche by talented winemaker Samuel Boulay.
We visited twice on our recent excursion to Paris and enjoyed the food and wine both times. Some of the dishes that we were served are now described.

Bonito rice paper roll

Svante served us a rice paper roll stuffed with bonito, beetroot and white cabbage. It set the scene for the meal with no meat being served - only vegetables and fish - very refreshing.

Oysters gratinee with leek fondant and breadcrumbs

Two oysters were served topped with a leek fondant and breadcrumbs. The oysters were exceptional and the topping provided crunch and a nice contrast to the creaminess of the oysters.

Citrus salad

Next came a cylinder of citrus (grapefruit and smoked blood orange) in a herb emulsion - a very refreshing course designed to liven up the palate for the pasta courses to come.

Ravioli with mushrooms and a herb broth

Of all the dishes we were served over two visits, this was a standout dish. The ravioli was stuffed with slowly-braised fennel and topped with thinly sliced mushrooms. The broth was infused with coriander and parsley. Delicious!

We are looking forward to future visits.

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