L’Épi Dupin is my idea of a great restaurant, and a neighborhood restaurant to boot. It has wonderful food, incredibly welcoming and gracious staff. At our dinner, the maître d’ was patient making menu recommendation for our children, as well as speaking fluent Japanese to the mother/daughter sitting in the booth and articulate English to the elderly American woman adjacent to us who was having trouble hearing above the din. The space has the cozy ambience of an auberge de provence with modern white painted walls with rustic beams. It’s clearly on the ‘it’ list as by 7:30 pm, the 45 seat restaurant was full, of a very cosmopolitan clientele.
It was clear by the menu that this is a place under the sure hands of a foodie chef. And it is. François Pasteau’s cooking is simple yet sophisticated, chosen from what is seasonal and from the local markets, and menu is changed daily with a prix fix menu of 35Euros for dinner and 19Euros for lunch.
The entire family recommends the porc with beet purée and mashed potatoes, and the red snapper served on spinach and mushrooms on warm vinaigrette was delicious. All of the desserts, which we ordered first, were beautiful and made the taste test, which were all made to order from the kitchen.
11, Rue Dupin, 75006 Paris +33 1 42 22 64 56