Diane, A Broad
March 19, 2013

Pierre Sang Boyer, via Instagram

One day I found myself in Oberkampf, eating an engaging, entertaining lunch, sans DSLR. So what is a digitally inclined girl to do? Instagram it, of course.

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Restaurant Pierre Sang takes no reservations — in fact, it has no phone — so get there early if you want a seat in the small space. If you can manage it, sit at the bar that faces into the open kitchen, where the chefs work right in front of you.

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The menu of two, three, or four courses, is no-choice. They don’t even tell you what you’re eating until you’ve finished the plate. B and I had fun trying to guess what kind of grain was in the risotto-like curry above (answer: barley) and what kind of root vegetables were draped so colorfully over the sausage (answer: heirloom turnips and radishes).

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If you love food, and especially if you enjoy cooking, you’ll enjoy going to Restaurant Pierre Sang. The approach to food here is puckish and impulsive — the menu changes constantly, even mid-service, so guests who sit down at noon may be treated to a completely different set of dishes than those who sit down at 1:30. This is not line cooking, it’s culinary improvisation.

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Of course, it’s always more fun when the chef is a bit of a character, too.

Restaurant Pierre Sang in Oberkampf
55 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 (Oberkampf, Parmentier)
no phone, no reservations
€20-35 without wine

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  • http://www.mylieflife.com Melissa

    When I first saw that last photo I thought it was his arm that was missing a chunk because the end kind of looks like a finger, haha & ewww. Sounds like a lovely little place where the food looks like art.
    xM