Cuisine italienne dans un beau lieu moderne, ouvert tous les jours – 75005
Cucina Mutualité, the most recent resturant opened by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse has just replaced the Terrior Parisien run by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno (that we also critiqued for the blog a while back).
The wooden ceiling hasn’t changed, the bar is still in the middle of the space, but the atmosphere, interior design and cuisine have all completely changed…
Does Paris really need yet another Italian restaurant? Well, to be frank, probably not, but then this is no ordinary Italian restaurant.
For this new venture, the interior design is lighthearted, with knitted fruit and veg (and meat!), bright colours and kitsch portraits.
It struck as a strange choice. Perhaps our waitress wanted to serve one table and clear another in one fell swoop?
We go ahead with our order, starting with onion ravioli.
Have you ever had a meal where the food just stops you in your tracks and makes you go ‘wow!’ because it’s so tasty and lovely? If not, you should try the onion ravioli. They were absolutely delicious, packed with flavour (whereas other ravioli we’ve had in the past has been rather bland), and the tiny scrapes of lime on top were the pièce de résistance.
What an incredible mix, and what a great start! It even made us forget we people sitting right next to us… 😝
Next up, we chose a Parmigiana di melanzana (aubergine with parmesan), which was melty but firm, surrounded what seemed to be piment d’espelette and drizzled with olive oil and vinegar. So good.
The second main dish was an veal milanese, served with some lovely chard, a meat bouillon and slightly bitter olives. The meat was firm and the outside perfectly cranuchy. Another success!
The ice cream is wonderful, beautifully presented, with little pieces of cocoa bean adding a slightly smoked flavour. Superb.
The whole meal was a great success, in a cool settin with, great staff and wonderful food. Recommended!
Cucina Mutualité (here) is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner
Booking online: here
To check out all our photos of Cucina Mutualité, click here.