We were looking forward to our visit, and it turned out to be a very memorable experience indeed…
Even nearer to our hotels than its big brother Tomy & Co at Invalides, Hugo & Co is opposite the Arènes de Lutèce in a slightly smaller space, sporting interior design that’s cute in its own way, but perhaps a little less inspired.
You’ll find wooden crates up all the walls, signs over the open kitchen giving the origin of some of the main ingredients used, and an ‘inspirational’ neon sign on one wall saying (in English) ‘Life is Food’. It’s almost as corny as ‘tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life’. 🙁
One thing’s for sure – the staff are extremely friendly, barely raising an eyebrow as we sped around taking photos os almost everything.
A special shout out goes to food and beverage manager Kevin Fica who watched us beaver away with a wry smile!
In the space of a few months, the restaurant has become very popular, but getting a table is made simpler by their online booking system (especially if you want to eat early).
We arrived around 7.30pm and a handful of tables were already tucking in. One glass of sparkling rosé later, we were eyeing the menu avidly…
The starters are intended to be shared and cost between 7 euros for a cherry tomato / avocado crostini and 15 euros for foie gras on toast.
We decided to try the stracciatella (the centre of a burrata) with Taggiasca olives, chives and gomasio. It was colourful, thick, fresh and even better after being mixed up all together.
The second starter, deep-fried tapioca with cheese and pesto was incredible. Looking like a vegetarian fish finger, its crunchy exterior gave way to a creamy interior with delightfully strong tastes (and colours). What an amazing start to our dinner…
For the main course, we first chose the farm-raised caramelised pork ribs with fresh vegetables (including thinly-sliced radish) and black rice. In its sweet and sour sauce, the meat just melted in the mouth.
As for the quinoa salad with and organic soft-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, peas and red onion, it was succulent and bursting with flavour. The egg was perfectly cooked and the presentation impressive. A pleasure to eat!
Dessert was not a let-down either. First off, little madeleine cakes (lightly crispy on the outside but soft and spongey inside) with lemon zest and lemon curd.
The second dessert, although seemingly simple – granola with rice pudding and salted caramel – was the most unexpectedly good mixture we’ve tasted for a while. A great combination!
No sooner was our meal was over than we were planning our return!
Hugo & Co seems to have a bright future ahead of it. So when will Tomy Gousset open his third restaurant? 😜
Hugo & Co (here) is open weekdays only for lunch and dinner
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Tel. : +33 (0)9 53 92 62 77
Online booking here
To check out all our photos of Hugo & Co, simply click here.
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