A new Parisian restaurant has just proven UK food can hold its own against French haut cuisine. After only three months, the British brasserie L’Entente has become one of the hottest restaurants in the City of Lights.
Although head chef & restaurant owner Oliver Woodhead was born in the UK, he has lived and worked in Paris for about 20 years. He told reporters it was extremely difficult overcoming prejudices in the Parisian restaurant industry when he mentioned his idea for a brasserie with an all-English menu. Luckily for Woodhead, his gut instinct was correct: there is a high demand in Paris for great British food.
Chef Woodhead believes the French love L’Entente’s menu because of its rustic simplicity. All of the ingredients used in Woodhead’s kitchen are produced in France (except the cheeses), but the dishes and inspired by his childhood memories growing up in England.
Although this restaurant opened only three months ago, a few favorite dishes have already emerged. Waiters at L’Entente say the top menu item by far is the Shepherd’s Pie. Other comforting items L’Entente chefs cook up every day include Fish Cakes with Sorrel Cream, Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, and the Onglet Steak with Anchovy Butter.
L’Entente is getting a lot more press lately thanks to a few celebrity clients. In addition to Karl Lagerfeld and Suzy Peta Menkes, the former French president François Hollande dined at L’Entente in the past few weeks.
Foodie travelers can find L’Entente at 13 Rue Monsigny, which is close to Musée de l’Opéra and the Quatre-Septembre Métro stop. L’Entente is open every day from 11AM to 12AM and offers a special “all-day brunch” on the weekends, a theatre menu, and, of course, tea time.