Every once in a while, I go out to have lunch with my Dutch friend E., who also lives in Paris. We usually go out to try a new restaurant, and as you all know, that can turn out good, bad or ugly.
This time it turned out good, real good. We were both very happy with our pick this time, and when I came home I promised MrintheKitchen and the Minichef that we would go back so they could taste this amazing food for themselves.
Atelier Vivanda has two locations, one in the 6th and one in the 16th arrondissement . We went to the one in the 16th, a very tiny place, with no more than about 20 seats. Across the street is the owners other restaurant, one with a Michelin star, and as we heard this, we knew the food would be good. I’m not sure if this is a worldwide thing, but in France and the Netherlands you see more and more famous chefs opening a second, more affordable restaurant, where they hope to meet another audience. I also now about a few chefs who have even closed their restaurant with multiple Michelin stars, to start a new business, without complicated fancy dishes, so instead they can focus on delivering really good food, without the frills.
And good food is what we had at Atelier Vivanda. At Atelier Vivanda, they are serious about meat. It’s really not a place to go if you’re vegetarian, but if you like meat, you’re in for a treat! The set 3 course menu costs 35 euro and you have plenty of choice for each course. We started out with a terrine de canard (terrine of duck) and that was absolute heaven. Not to mention a very generous portion, so I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to eat the rest.
But, no need to fear, the rest of the food is equally delicious, so I ate it all without much trouble. For your main course there’s a good choice of different kinds of meat, of course, but also a wide variety of potato side dishes to go with your meat.I had a divine purée with Iberico pork roast.
As we were late with our reservation, the last two seats they had were au comptoir (at the bar). The (tiny!!) kitchen was right behind it and so we had a great view of what was going on there. Watching these talented young chefs grill the meat and make wonderful plates on such a small surface is really a joy to watch.
For dessert we both chose the tarte aux pommes with caramel ice cream, before we rolled home. The bill for 2 was a very reasonable 86,50 euros, an almost unbeatable price-quality if you ask me (a bit like eating at Pierre Sang). Sitting this close to the grill has one big disadvantage, afterwards you stink like it was you who has been hanging over a grill all day.
But, as the receipt stated: “Une cuisine sans odeur, est une cuisine sans saveur” (a kitchen without odours, is a flavourless kitchen). And I strongly agree with that!