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In Paris, a hidden sparkler

Posted by guest  March 5, 2010 06:14 AM

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Locals hate when a place like this gets on the map.

Despite being lost in the far reaches of the 15th arrondissement, there should be a sparkler marking Jadis’ spot on the map instead of a thumbtack. On the night we’re there, it’s 50 percent out of towners, easy.

They’re no dummies. There’s a great, clean, modern menu with a prix-fixe dinner at a fantastic 32 euros and a quality that makes me want to savor each dish.

Everything goes the way it should: a cauliflower mousseline and smoked herring "mimosa'' entree is a layer of creamy cauliflower under a layer of shiny black gel (This is where the herring is and I’d love to know how they transform a fish from the Atlantic into something black as ink and terribly tasty) under florets, bits of egg yolk, black fish eggs, and chervil. The dish plays with color, contrast, texture, and even definitions.

Later, there’s a house version of a blanquette de veau, this one forsaking cream,  and allowing the diner to spoon their own melting-soft hunks of veal from a silver serving pot onto a dish of winter vegetables. I try a pheasant "chartreuse'' -- imagine a dreamy puck of hot, chunky pâté, wrapped in a pinwheel of root vegetables. It’s pungent within, beautiful without.

Dessert includes a pistachio riz au lait with a grapefruit and honey "salad.'' I think the idea is to combine the two, but they’re beautiful on their own.

There are tasting menus for more money, but I’d rather come back and spend more time with each dish than try smaller portions in one sitting.

There are two seatings with a grey area between them at turnover time when service gets a little harried, but it always remains friendly. Reserve ahead -- that sparkler’s burning bright.

Jadis
208, r. de la Croix-Nivert
75015 PARIS
011 01 45 57 73 20


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 Globe travel correspondent Joe Ray, winner of the 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year award, writes his own blog, Eating The Motherland and contributes to the English language version of Simon Says, the French food and lifestyle blog run by French food critic Francois Simon.

Photo of Meritxell Falgueras at Jadis by Joe Ray for The Boston Globe






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