“Tapas in Paris???” is always the first reaction we hear. And well, it does seem a bit odd to recommend a Spanish restaurant in the capital of French cuisine. But this Spanish restaurant is unlike any other, offering gastronomic and molecular Spanish cuisine also serving the best paella you’ll ever try. Fogón is run by Spanish chef Alberto Herraiz, known in Paris as the master of tapas, together with his wife and sommelier Vanina.
Fogón is located in Saint-Germain near the Notre Dame on the left bank at the Quai des Grands Augustins.You could easily pass by this restaurant without noticing it as it’s surrounded by several touristic bars and restaurants. But don’t let this scare you! Luckily, we made reservations upfront, as we had the last table available, in Spanish tradition at 22:00. The restaurant itself is narrow, but appears larger thanks to the mirrors on the walls. The interior is very sleek and modern. On the tables you don’t find any cutlery on the tables, as this is hidden in a secret drawer in the tables. Also, there’s a mouthwatering jamon hanging in a glass case, called ‘El Temperador’ according to the famous chef Alain Ducasse.
The menu offers several starters and six different types of paella, but we opted for the €49 surprise tapas menu, which sounded very tempting: “Le tour d’Espagne en quelques tapas, pinchos et banderillas, un hommage aux petits plats servis dans les bars. L’art de la gastronomie en petit format, du comptoir à la table.” All tapas have surprising contrasting and very special flavors. We don’t want to spoil the surprise element, but to give you one example: one of the desserts was a dark-chocolate pie with sea salt, fresh herbs and olives. In other words, it is very clear why Fogón is called the best Spanish restaurant in Paris and we were not suprised Fogon was listed in the Top 100 Best Restaurants of France by Foodie.
45 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, dinner from 19:00-22:30
Metro: Saint-Michel (4) or Pont Neuf (7)
Photo credit: Fogón