There’s a renewed energy in the 10th arrondissement, concentrated around the Rues de Paradis, Martel, and Petites Ecuries. You’ll find the pioneers like Le Look, Le Martel, & Le New Morning, but the last year or so has seen the arrival of some of our new favourite hangouts in Paris: La Fidelité, Nanashi, le Pompon, and now this new gastronomic hotspot Vivant. It’s the hot, tattooed & talented Pierre Jancou (ex-Racines, ex-Crèmerie) who’s behind Vivant; he’s thankfully returned to the Paris restaurant scene after selling Racines in late 2009. Jancou is known for his commitment to using only the finest ingredients, meticulously sourced from across France and Italy. He’s also known as an extremist in his dedication to pure, unsulphured wines. At Vivant, you’ll find a daily changing menu of the best seasonal produce and a great list of French natural wines, chalked up on the window and inside on boards; expect to find exquisite dishes like asparagus and castelmango risotto (19€), suckling pig and mash (25€), fresh foie gras panfried with artichokes (20€). The restaurant interior is worth the trip too, it’s a little, tiled, Art Nouveau jewel box.
Open for lunch & dinner weekdays. Closed Sat, Sun.
43 rue des Petites Ecuries, 10th. 01.42.46.43.55
Have cycled past this quite a few times, and it looks great. Not cheap, apparently, but definitely on my list.