Last week Chef Sebastien had given us some restaurant recommendations, one of them being l'Epi Dupin. And since I already had read a couple of good reviews about it, Diane and I decided to test it. One of the reasons we were very curious, because the chef, François Pasteau, is a former student of our school, so we wanted to see, what we will be able to do after the program. Well, maybe not exactly directly after..., but is was very motivating to think like that.
I called for reservations 3 days before, and they suggested a table at 7 p.m., which is a sign that the restaurant is VERY popular, as normally first service in a French restaurant is not before 8p.m.
After we were seated, I bluntly asked the waiter to say hello to Monsieur Pasteau, and tell him that we were two Ferrandi students, sent by Sebastien. I had made good experiences in Paris when dropping the school's name, so I thought I have nothing to lose, let's see what happens. And although the "coup de feu" was already ongoing in the kitchen and the restaurant almost full, the chef came out to shake our hands, welcome us and wish us a nice evening. So that made us feel a bit privileged ! Also as we start thinking in terms of "where will we do our internships", I thought it doesn't hurt to create a little awareness ;)
The food was very tasty, with a creative touch, but not exaggerated, all within a cozy little bistrot atmosphere. On a passé une très bonne soirée ! And we found the quality/price ratio outstanding for a restaurant in the 6ème. Highly recommended, but I don't think you can go without reservations, it seems to be a "hot spot". When we left around 9 p.m. there was even a small waiting line outside.
And here is what we enjoyed :
The friendly waiter recommend us a red Sancerre, Gerard Boulay, 2004, which was a nice alliance to our meal.
For the 3 course menu we paid 32€ per person (hors boisson).
11 rue Dupin
closed Saturday & Sunday