Histoires by Mathieu Pacaud, Paris, France
Less than a year after setting up his first solo venture, Mathieu Pacaud, chef of three-Michelin star L’Ambroisie and son of legendary cook Bernard Pacaud, has swiftly expanded with a new diner located in the same quarters as Hexagone, in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, not far from the Jardins du Trocadéro. Part cabinet of curiosities, part speakeasy, Histoires – which is French for ‘stories’ – has once again by local duo, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, whose signature bold, assertive style abounds in an interior that is in contrast to its sister restaurant, showcasing a distinct feminine quality, revealed by soft lines and graceful prints in dusty pink and ivory hues. Seating just 12 people each night, the restaurant’s menu comprises only 15 dishes, inspired by music, art and literary influencers. Mozart’s symphonies, Dante’s poems and Matisse’s collages are manifested by way of intricately designed and beautifully plated dishes such as fresh sole with sea urchins, mushrooms and truffles. We recommend the langoustines with caviar and anise cream, followed by the turbot with beans and for dessert, the less than disappointing Chocolat Madong- crunchy white chocolate with mascarpone ice cream.