Diane, A Broad
March 21, 2013

Lunch at Vivant

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Sing it with me: impeccably-sourced products, natural wine, chill ambiance, warm service…

Vivant is another contender in the list of modern bistros with spin-off wine bars in Paris (see: Frenchie, Verjus, Septime), and they’re doing it right. I went with lunch on a rare sunny day with A, who can eat with the best of them.

Risotto / encre de seiche

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Gnocchi / ragout de canard

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Both of our entrées were, surprisingly, Italian-themed and, less surprisingly, amazing. I dream about that gnocchi. Cloud-like pillows in a rich duck sauce, it blew the gnocchi I had at Le 6 Paul Bert the night before out of the water.

Poularde / légumes Racines

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Joues de cochon braisées / haricots rouges

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I found lunch at Vivant to be surprisingly homey. I could see a particularly skilled French or Italian grandmother (with access to the best ingredients of course) feeding it to her brood. It’s lovely to see a hip restaurant in Paris serving a braise, for example, when it seems that nearly everything I’ve had recently has been à la minute.

Tartelette aux pignons de pin

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Terrine de chocolat / olives kalamata

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This chocolate terrine doesn’t look like much, but it was my favorite course. That dusting of dehydrated kalamata olives atop something like an uncommonly rich chocolate mousse made a gratifying and unexpected salty-sweet combination.

At €60 per person for three courses and two glasses of wine, there are better values, especially during lunch. But Vivant is worth a stop, and I suspect moreso if you know more about wine than I do.

Vivant
43 rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 (Château d’eau, Bonne Nouvelle)
01 42 46 43 55
€29 for two dishes, €39 for three, €79 carte blanche (lunch, prices not including wine)

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  • http://feeltheairinparis.wordpress.com Feel the air in Paris

    Oh you lucky girl! I went there last year when Pierre Jancou was then the chef. The place is amazing but this is indeed too expensive according to me, there are way better values in Paris.

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      I agree. Everything was great, and I appreciate the philosophy behind it, but there are other places that are doing market-fresh, locally sourced cuisine for way less.

  • Little Pieces of Light

    Have been meaning to try this!! Everything looks soooo delicious

    Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      It was great, and would probably be good for a business lunch too. It was fun running into you yesterday! What a surprise.

      • Little Pieces of Light

        Same here! Looking fwd to meeting up again soon!

  • http://myparttimeparislife.wordpress.com Parttime Parisienne

    Ooo, lovin’ this blog. You are like my Paris soul sistah. You’re hangin’ in all my places. I know you’re not stalking me, but it feels a little like you are. In a good way. ;)

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      I just visited your blog and it’s true — you clearly have excellent taste. :) We should meet up next time you’re in town!

      • http://myparttimeparislife.wordpress.com Parttime Parisienne

        You got it! I’ll send you a private message. Fun!

      • http://myparttimeparislife.wordpress.com Parttime Parisienne

        Yes let’s do that. Is there a way to message privately?

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad