"Les poissons, les poissons, how I love les poissons . . "
Even if you didn't study French, if you grew up with Beauty in the Beast like I did, you'll recognize these lyrics. French Chef Louis sings these lyrics while trying to catch one of the main characters, Sebastian the crab, for his dinner (!)
I personally love all types of seafood, including les poissons. However, when I am in France, I often find that the traditional French bistros focus more on meat-heavy dishes. During this last trip to Paris, I made a conscious effort to shift away from traditional, rich French cuisine to a lighter, seafood focus.
This is how I found Divellec Paris.
This Michelin-starred restaurant makes beautiful seafood dishes influenced by cuisines around the globe. There are a la carte options as well as a few tasting menus. Our table decided to go for the six course tasting menu (210 €), which is what I've highlighted below. Everyone at the table must participate in the same tasting menu.
6-Course Tasting Menu at Divellec Paris
After delicious bites of clam amuse bouche, we began our first course which consisted of sea spider crab with curry, Japanese pearls, and a lemon leaf sauce.
The next course was one of my favorites, an exquisite carpaccio trio of thinly sliced scallops, fresh figs, and oyster mushrooms. It seems so simple, but it came together really, really nicely.
Ribbons of squid replaced noodles in a "pasta carbonara" with guanciale (or pancetta) and egg yolk in this next creative course. The dish was rich, creamy, and really reminded me of a traditional carbonara.
We all fell in love with the magnificent wine that we had with this meal, an absolutely stunning Meursault-Santenots Premier Cru from Domaine Jacques Prieur.
For the main course, we each enjoyed a gorgeous blue lobster from France with a deeply flavorful rosemary and lobster head sauce. This came with a perfectly formed multi-layered potato topped with crispy potato shreds.
An assortment of cheese from Marie Quatrehomme Cheesemonger
Sweets at Divellec Paris
Our dessert consisted of thin sheets of Victoria pineapple served with coconut sorbet and coconut ribbons.
Finally, we finished with a series of mignardises, including pate fruits, canneles, and mini tartlets.
General Thoughts - Divellec Paris
What a lovely meal! The space was beautiful and the service was very good. We especially liked the sommelier, and everyone absolutely loved the wine.
The food was excellent. My favorite course was the scallop + figs dish, whose combination of flavors were refreshing, bright, and really nice. The other courses were also executed very well. In general, the overall the quality of food here is very high, though with prices to match!
This is a good option for a business dinner or a special celebration. It is especially a good choice for anyone who really loves all different types of seafood and appreciates culinary influences from around the world.
18 Rue Fabert
75007 Paris, France