Overseen by Singapore starred chef André Chiang, Porte 12 opened during the rentrée season of 2014 with Vincent Crepel commanding the open kitchen and Thibault Passinge directing the dining room. Passinge’s enthusiasm for his budding wine list is infectious, and the dishes were some of the best we’ve had in a long time: chinchard draped over Ratte potatoes was visually reminiscent of sashimi, and smoked basil tied it all together in an unexpected way. The volaille with fermented corn was overwhelmingly vulvar in presentation but/and absolutely delicious. With a lunch menu priced at 28 or 35€ we expect door number 12 to be a revolving one.
Here’s a snapshot of we tasted on September 24. Price for two at lunch including wine, water and coffee: 93.75€
Photo from the Porte 12 Facebook page
The Pourcel Brothers, Pudlo and Sophie Brissaud all announced over the weekend the arrival of Porte 12, the new restaurant signed by André Chiang. While the Singapore-based chef is certainly attached, it’s Vincent Crepel who will be running the kitchen after working for Chiang at his eponymous Restaurant André in Singapore (currently ranked #37 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) 2014.
Another sign of the expanding gastro-gentrification in this neighborhood, Porte 12 has opened at 12 rue des Messageries in the 10th, a few steps from either Abri or Albion and a few blocks north of Vivant Table. The intimate space was previously a textile and lingerie atelier and is illuminated by corset-shaped chandeliers.