You Only Live Once and when you do, you should most certainly experience Agapé Substance. Elegance, refinement, creativity, decadence, and delightful ingenuity abound at this petite sleek restaurant space on the Rue Mazarine in the 6th arrondissement in Paris. Helmed by Gaëtan Gentil and Laurent Lapaire, this is French modernist cuisine for the 21st century.
Lunch started with melt in your mouth beet root chips. Followed by an elegant and simple pairing of fresh peppers, Greek feta, homemade lemon and olive oil syrup, chamomile flowers, black olive and sea salt crumbles. Gosh, who knew how delectable these few fresh ingredients could be!
Next up was the perfect end of summer celebration -- heirloom tomato strawberry gazpacho served with a boule of melon sorbet and a drizzle of basil infused olive oil, topped with the black olive sea salt. All my favorite flavors all rolled into one. Wow. This was pure edible beauty.
Next up was just a small portion of artichoke, girolles and hen of the woods mushroom risotto. Earthy and rustic in the most wonderful of ways. This was a meal about tastes, flavors, sensations, delights.
Next up was smoked mackerel served with vervenne leaves, a soy and chervil dip, green zebra and herb shaved ice. Unique flavor pairing danced across your palate in this truly French aromatic and dynamic dish.
Lastly, roasted turbot, a cauliflower purée, a roundelle of roasted pear, fennel flowers and smoked parsley and chervil. A celebration of freshness and interesting flavors in the most elegant of manners was the perfect way to end this fantastic meal.
Looking for a meal that is unique and dynamic yet elegant and fantastic and is a true celebration of each and every seasonal ingredient then look no further than Agapé Substance.
66, Rue Mazarine