On a quiet parisian street (rue Trousseau), you will find Les déserteurs, a small and narrow restaurant which has been open since 2014. I can’t believe it took me three years to get to try it ! And I have no excuse. Booking a table ? Easy peasy. Getting there by metro ? The location is very central and only 8 stations from my place ! Not my type of food ? Photos on their instagram account are super appetizing ! So what was wrong with me ? Probably the unconscious fear of being disappointed in comparison to Septime, located just a stone throw from them ? (yep, I didn’t find a better explanation). Let me reassure you right away : this did not happen. Now “Les déserteurs” ranks high in my list of fav’ places to eat in Paris.
Update december 2017 : the restaurant will close in june 2018 ! So sad ! The Chef misses his home town in Annecy.
The pictures and captions below (move the mouse over the photos) speak for themselves : we had an oustanding 5-course lunch (for only 48 euros) at Les Déserteurs. The owners Daniel Baratier and Alexandre Céret (a Chef and a Sommelier) have put special care into offering a perfect alliance between an innovative and aerial cuisine and a brilliant wine list. There is also a high level of technicity in the food, and it is not an easy task since there are 4 people working at the same time in a tiny kitchen. Of course, ingredients are top-notch and there is a touch of originality in each dish, whether it is in the use of an unknown herb or condiment (polypodium or gallium odoratum, anyone? 😀 ), in the art of plating or in some odd (but delicious) food combinations. As I said, the space is narrow but has large windows with a pleasant view on a garden (which is quite rare in Paris). And the service is super professional. Thumbs up Les déserteurs !
You might want to read my review of Septime here (same neighbourhood)
Date of lunch : june 2017
Tel +33 1 48 06 95 85
46 rue Trousseau
Website Les déserteurs