We loved the upstairs sunlit two-section salon with wood floor, pale woods, off white walls and framed fish illustrations where we were seated. While both dining areas were informal the recently renovated upstairs area was our favorite. Friendly English speaking staff, good service, pretty tableware and a surprisingly delicious, satisfying and well presented meal with generous portions made fans out of us.
Executive Chef Jacques Maximin
Handicapped Access Handicapped guests were invited to dine on the ground floor.
Head Sommelier Gérard Margeon, head sommelier of Alain Ducasse restaurants, worked with Olivier Leblanc, executive sommelier.
Location On a busy avenue in the upscale seventeenth arrondissement in Paris.
Manager Eric Mercier, a warm and welcoming host, had been at the restaurant since 2008. Prior to working at Rech, he earned his culinary badges with Gaston Lenôtre, Alain Passard and Joël Robuchon at the brasserie Relais du Parc where he met Alain Ducasse. He is an avid fan of history and culture.
Opened-Renovated Established in 1925 by Adrien Rech the last renovation, by Marie Deroudilhe, an architect, occurred in September 2012. The concept behind the work was to bring “freshness and modern accents while keeping the original identity of the place.”
Pastry Chef Christophe Devoille was entrusted with desserts. The 28-year-old trained as pâtissier-chocolatier-glacier. He acquired experience at La Côte Basque in New York among others. In 2004, Alain Ducasse asked him to work as pastry chef of the restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee in Paris. Then beginning in 2006, he worked for Buerehiesel of Antoine Westermann.
Size The two-story 120 square meter restaurant was able to accommodate 80 guests and employed 16 people.
Type Of Restaurant French seafood
He is known for leading twenty restaurants internationally, three inns in Europe, an association of independent hotels, a culinary publishing house, an international education division with cooking school open to the public in Paris as well as a pastry school for professionals and amateurs, and a culinary training center for chefs. He describes as his honor code as ruled by twelve values: passion, pleasure, sharing, harmony, leadership, rigor, curiosity, melting, excellence, respect, audacity and origins.
Meal Following a glass of Ayala Brut champagne and a pumpkin soup with pollack teaser we had starters of langoustines for me (Délicat velouté de langoustines, d’autres marinées a cru au citron vert); and for my lunch partner Artichokes risotto, black truffle (Risotto aux artichauts épinaux, tuber melanosporum). From the metal bread basket at our table we could select white, wheat or sliced seaweed bread to accompany the salted butter. The basket was refilled before we thought to ask for more.
For my main dish I had a tender and memorable Grenobloise-style skate fish (Aile de raie a la grenobloise ) and my partner ordered Port-en-Bessin scallops served with endives and shaved black truffle (Saint-Jacques de Port-en-Bressin, endives de pleine terre, rapée de truffe noire). Following the staff’s recommendation we had a 2010 Mersault Grand Charons Prunier Bonheur
We then had the restaurant’s Camembert (Le fameux Camembert de Rech), a creamy, flavorful and decadent cheese we wished we had more room to enjoy.
The restaurant’s chocolate Eclair XL (Le fameux éclair XL de Rech au chocolat ou) and Mont Blanc composition with vanilla poached pear with chestnuts and rum raisin ice cream (Mont Blanc de tradition, poire Pochée a la vanille) completed our meal to perfection. We were also served lovely aged prunes, homemade lemon marshmallows, bite size vanilla financier cake and milk chocolate praline to accompany our hot beverages at the end of the meal.
Special Menus For lunch, there was a three course Marin Malin menu for 34 euros, renewed every Tuesday. It featured line-caught wild fish, simply cooked with seasonal vegetables. For diner, there was a four course seasonal menu, featuring items such as the fall vegetable tart with wild mushrooms, the Scottish salmon by Jacques Maximin, Rech Camembert, and the French pastis toast with salted butter caramel ice cream, for 54 euros. A five course Best of Jacques Maximin seasonal menu was on offer at lunch and dinner for 68 euros.