In a city dominated by kitchens that send shared small plates out the instant they’re ready – even if that means diners must resort to balancing the bread basket on their knees – rare is the gem that gets the category right: service that’s casual but still attentive, with plates that are simple yet surprising. Candide strikes that balance marvelously: a small plates restaurant that feels like a restaurant, from the expert service to the delightful, creative dishes. The small dining room nevertheless feels relatively spacious, thanks to the distance between tables and the light-colored walls in contrast with the dark, wood-hewn tables. A lovely list of natural wines accompanies plant- and seafood-driven dishes, like meltingly tender accras paired with black garlic mayo, binchotan-charred broccoli seasoned with lemon and anchovy and cloaked in a pile of grated Parmesan, or the so-weird-it-works marriage of asparagus and peanut praline. This is an excellent option for a Monday night.
- Open Monday, near the Canal, vegetarian friendly, small plates, natural wine
35 Rue de Sambre-et-Meuse, 75010
Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Reservations online or at +33 1 83 87 99 93