An excellent Belgian chef trained in haute cuisine under Ducasse, Robuchon and Westersmann – nothing but triple stars! – Wim Van Gorp finally chose bistronomie as his form of culinary expression with the opening of “Comme chez Maman” in the Batignolles district of Paris.
A smash hit, the restaurant constantly plays to a full house. Bolstered by his success, he has just opened this new bistro, still in Batignolles, but with a more classic, no-frills menu featuring bistro tapas to compose your lunches, diners, cocktails and snacks to your liking. But word of warning: the dining room can only serve about thirty guests maximum at its stand-up tables, central table d’hôtes, and tables with bench seating and wooden stools.
So avoid showing up without a reservation if you want the chance to taste some of the delicious tapas on the menu, like the “américain” beef tartare with soy and hazelnuts (€7) served in a small metal box, the crispy duck in a tamarind sauce (€5), the lamb samosas with coriander yogurt (€6), the beef satay (€5) or the fall ravioli a la plancha (€5). See the board for other “daily tapas” fresh from the market. Nice list of well-chosen wines giving pride of place to the Loire and Rhône valleys, but also organic wines (starting at €24 the bottle), with around a dozen served by the glass (starting at €6). Friendly and efficient service.