We tried this tiny 16 seat restaurant last week for a nice weeknight out. Chef Akihiro Horikoshi, who has spent the last two decades at L’Ambroisie before opening his own place, met us at the door with all smiles and showed us to our table.
The minimalist, crisp and clean interior with white walls, counters and floors is brought to life with the red accents of the low-hanging lights that put a shining spotlight on the delicious dishes Horikoshi whips up in the tiny open kitchen.
At night, the menu is a fish-heavy no-choice 4 or 5 course menu coming in at 40 euro or 58 euro. The ingredients and dishes change daily based on what is fresh at the market that day. Our menu was read aloud to us by the one waitress (we think she is Horikoshi’s wife) and from then on, we sat back and enjoyed a delicious, refreshing, and intimate meal.
Each course was elegantly presented with subtle flavors, and crisp, fresh ingredients. Our first course were cuisse de grenouille (frog’s legs) deliciously prepared in herb butter. Our second course was rouget fish with carrots and a deliciously sweet puree that we have yet to completely understand. This was followed by langoustines with asparagus with a very rich buttery sauce. This was the dish that really took the cake for me. The dessert left a bit to be desired. It was a mille-feuille of crepes with a strawberry coulis. While it was delicious, it didn’t seem to quite live up to the standards of the previous courses.
All in all it was a perfectly intimate, cozy, and delicious dining experience. The restaurant is romantic in its simplicity and perfect for a quiet night with your loved one. Even though this small restaurant is only a few months old, reservations should be made a few weeks in advance.
La Table d’Aki
49, rue Vaneau, 75007
Tues–Fri, lunch and dinner.