Abri is being called the best new bistro of the rentrée…so obviously we had to check it out. I made a reservation about a week and a half in advance for dinner and went on a nice little date night to check out this buzzing spot.
Located just outside the Poissonniere metro, Abri doesn’t seem like much from the outside. Walking in, the kitchen takes up most of the space with a few two-person and 4-person tables surrounding it. The decor is simple: low hanging brass lighting, school-style chairs and white walls. It is airy and fresh and Japanese-inspired French cooking which seems to be thriving in Paris these days is alive and well at Abri. Chef Katsuaki Okiyama worked at Robuchon, Taillevent and l’Agapé Bistrot before opening his own prix-fixe dinner and lunch menu and sandwich spot.
The meal was a six-course no-choice menu kicking off with a Japanese-style marinated mackerel, fresh heirloom tomatoes with a crisp rosemary chip and a cold squash soup with squash mousse and squash blossoms. The fish main course was monkfish in a coconut mousse and the meat course was suckling pig with an eggplant and mushroom puree. To top it all off the decadent dessert was a moelleux au chocolat with grilled green tea ice cream.
Service was impeccable and the six-course meal was finished in just a little over an hour. Our stomachs were full and we finished every bite on each plate with perfect satisfaction. There is really very little to complain about at this new hot spot but I can tell you right now, if everyone feels the same way I do about it, the tables will fill up quickly so make your reservation early!Abri 92 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière 75010 Paris 01 83 97 00 00 Monday and Saturday lunch from 10am-7pm with sandwiches only (13 EUR) Four-course tasting lunch menu Tuesday through Friday (22 EUR) Six-course tasting dinner menu Tuesday to Saturday (38.50 EUR)