photo credit: Pierre Lucet Penato
There’s only one table and 18 seats at this theatrical, tasting-only restaurant that opened in September 2022 right behind Palais Royale. Chef can be seen slicing and dicing from the sidewalk through the street-facing window, but diners sit far from prying eyes in a cavernous, candlelit stone-walled room towards the back. Despite being sat “separately, but together” around the showpiece table in the center of the room, since arrival times vary, you may be forking your first shakshuka bite (a recipe from the chef’s grandma) while your neighbors are already eating the smoked mackerel marinated in citrus fruits.
In addition to the mystery of sitting with strangers, the verbally described market menu is also an enigma. The only constant is that there will be eight courses proportionately plated on unique handmade ceramics that look more like art pieces than vessels for food. While it may sound pretentious, it’s not. You’ll feel like you’re inside a well-designed home (hence the name), and be encouraged to relax or dance, eat with your hands, or sip soup straight from the bowl. Because of the table’s shape, parties of two are ideal, but seating can work for four people, too.
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