We made a last minute decision and reservation at L’Epi Dupin, 11, rue Dupin in the 6th arrondissement (Paris). For a restaurant that began in 1995 and which we learned about living in London via the London Times, this restaurant continues to be running on all cylinders. Hosted by the ever charming François Pasteau, we had not been to the Epi Dupin for over year and were pleasantly surprised to find a new look, with warm-coloured metallic tables, a high top long table and a wine rack embedded in the bare brick wall. If the fine spring air added to the ambiance, the food was an absolute delight, showing that M Pasteau has kept a beady eye on the kitchen. Aside from one waiter who might do with a character adjustment, the rest of the polyglot staff (especially the maitre d’) were genial and the 34 euro menu (3 courses) was a treat. The menu changes daily, so it is no use to tell you what we ate per se. Save to say, the rabbit special and polenta were fabulous. For desserts, get ready some exotic ice cream.
Telephone number: +33 (0)18.104.22.168.56. Closed weekends and Monday for lunch.