Lunch at Restaurant Rino, Paris
Friday, June 8, 2012

On one of our usual Saturday mornings off back in May, I enjoyed a nice lunch with my pastry team before work. One the girls invited us to the restaurant where her boyfriend was working at. It’s called Rino, located in the 11th arrondissement, very close to Bastille. It’s a modern french bistro which offers a set menu that changes daily. The Chef behind this establishment is Giovanni Passerini who’s italian background is evident in his home-made pastas.

Inside the restaurant, the decor is simple and modern, a nice reflection of the food. It almost feels like a coffee shop, especially when everyone is sitting back and having a coffee after the meal. Their tiny open kitchen creates dishes that are interesting, light, and seasonal. The meats were all cooked to perfection and the broths very flavourful. The portions were perfect in my opinion.

Fresh oursins (sea urchin) paired with a white wine to start the meal.

I enjoyed this very much. I noticed each one had a different flavour, some sweeter than others. I got to have an extra one because one girl thought it was disgusting, haha.

Before I continue, let me tell you that I had this meal about a month ago so my memory is a bit fuzzy on some of the dishes.

This was a ravioli of goat cheese with micro greens.

Our second appetizer (the perks of having chef friends) was a ravioli of meat from the head of pig in a delicious broth.

They offered two mains that day: duck breast or cod. I chose the fish which was cooked very well. The skin was seared until golden and crisp.

The first dessert/ cheese course was a quenelle of pecorino ice cream (I think) on pear with shaved pecorino and honey. This was a very pretty plate, the pear slices were arranged like a heart and the quenelle was perfect. It was probably my first time enjoying cheese as a dessert course, if it counts. I really loved this dish, an interesting combination of flavours and textures.

Baba au rhum with lemon cream, creme epaisse, and gariguette strawberries. This was probably my least favourite dish because I've never liked babas. I always find them too sweet. However, I should note that this one was not as sweet as the other babas I've had. Still, I don't like my cakes saturated in syrup! There was also too much creme epaisse on the dish in my opinion.

In total, the bill came to 50 Euros per person including tax and tip. A pretty good deal I must say for sea urchin, 2 appetizers, 1 main, 2 desserts, and 2 bottles of wine shared amongst 4.

Well? Let me know what you think. Write me a comment below!