Kúkú Restaurant-Bar: A surprising fusion cuisine between Latin America and the Mediterranean

By Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Rizhlaine F. · Posted on June 7, 2022 at 6:23 PM

The Kúkú restaurant is the place not to be missed on the 8th arrondissement of Paris. This trendy and bucolic spot offers a real culinary journey with surprising chords that upset our palate. Here we taste fusio cuisine halfway between Mediterranean and South American flavors, all revisited with creativity! Expect the unexpected!

Cuckoo : remember this name because you will hear about it. Nestled in a recess in the rue de Penthièvre, near the Champs ElyseesThis amazing restaurant takes us a long way Parisfirst by its frame both plugged in and exotic. If the weather can often be capricious in the capital, this address is a place where le soleil brille toujours. A table of the world, imagined by Loic Berardengo et Zoltan Paterne.

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On the ground floor, Cuckoo takes us to Capri and invites us to enjoy a delicious break in the shade of the lemon trees. It feels like on the terrace of an Italian villa and the spirit of the holiday is not far away. From open kitchenyou see them cooks to prepare for their culinary masterpieces and to be at the forefront of this show, you can also set up at the counter and chat with them a bit. Because that is the spirit of Cuckoo : sharing a passion in the company of the very warm restaurant team.

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But there is still something that catches your eye. From the stairs leading to the basement, bougainvillea flowers seem to reach out to you (or the branch) to invite you to take this crossroads. Jetlag station going down the steps: in a few seconds, you leave Italy for you finder in the heart of the Greek islands. The walls covered with bougainvillea offer a bucolic setting and although we are in the basement of a Parisian restaurantthis laziness vibe wins us over and manages to create that welcome cut in the frantic pace of the capital.

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And this is just the beginning! The car after the decision between Capri and Santorini, the journey continues on the plate. A coup d’œil à la carte announces the color. Some dish titles will pique your curiosity while other dishes might make you look more familiar. But we warned you: expect the unexpected. Because in the kitchen, we find a shock team: the chef Julien Gasperiin tandem with the Deputy Chief Ayoub Ben Hammi, compete with ingenuity and put all their heart into offering recipes that combine artistic creativity with the finesse of a gastronomic while offering generous plates.

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As a starter, we were intrigued by the Greek origami salad and we were not disappointed: the reinterpretation of this great classic does not reveal a Tetris of flavors. Restructured like a Rubik’s Cube, each piece of the puzzle with the value of the star products that make up this must-have, from sun-drenched tomatoes to fresh cucumber without forgetting the sweetness of the party and a rhubarb compote that brings a twist in addition … we do not risk forgetting the Greek salad Kúkú way !

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But the imagination behind it Kúkú card does not stop there. The agreement between lobster, parmesan and coffee from Peru is a great introduction to this offbeat universe. If the title may seem surprising to you, we recommend you skip the step and taste this entry, a beautiful discovery awaits you at the key.

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Without shouting, here is a trumpet cappuccino that finds its place in our table. Surrounded by smoky carbonic snow, this unexpected presentation will surely lead you to unsheath your smartphone and machine-gun this plate. Kukui so upset the codes by making us start this lunch with a coffee break. We revisit some crispy revisited brioche in a cup that, under a creamy Parmesan emulsion, reveals this intriguing accord between the flesh of the lobster and the cocoa notes of Peruvian coffee. Spoiler alert: on an adored one.

With every step of our lunch, no matter what we choose, Cuckoo manages to amaze us and those up to the cocktails with signed book Matthias Giroud, the talented bartender who reveals ever more surprising recipes. By the way, you will give us news of the Kúkú Gardena creation based on brown rum, pineapple, mountain tea and Muira Puama with deliciously smoky notes and dressage … amazing!

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To continue this sunny getaway, the octopus romanesco and Granny Smith may well attract your favor. Worked in Catalan, the octopus is cooked for 24 hours under vacuum and at low temperature. Then, at the time of serving, it is just snacked with real meat juice. As a result, the octopus crumbles slightly before revealing its melting flesh while the apple pieces come to refresh our palate.

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If not Lobster roll is your cute sin, wait to taste it recipe by Julien Gasperi. We warn you, for our part, it counts as one of the best revisits of this classic of the North American street food. Here you will find thinner toasted slices of bread for a more generous lobster topping. In this review we find aniseed notes that bring a nice touch of delicacy accompanied by a bean hummus that brings a certain sweetness, truffle chips that lift it all and a scented mayonnaise with harissa that is just falling.

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At the time of desertthis is the pastry chef Aldo Gennuso who takes over. He literally makes each plate his canvas. We want proof of that Panna Cotta Fridaa gourmet tribute to Frida Kahlo. The single eyebrow, lips and earrings are drawn on the plate while a fruity headdress crowns the famous Mexican artist. We find in this plate, the delicious taste of red fruits, married with floral notes of poppy, all sprinkled with breezes of genoa with matcha green tea.

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Another signature creation for sweet beaks: the Cactus Jack. Here again, our plate turns into a work of art and we find a reinterpretation of the strawberry that is just about to fall. The strawberry pieces top a homemade whipped cream and are accompanied by the famous Jack, a cactus made from a green tea genoise and as sweet as a genoise. An ice cream completes this picture to refresh us at the end of the meal. Not to be missed as well, the destructured yarrow and based on Dulce de Leche (milk jam) to end this getaway on a regressive note.

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You get the point, we fell in love with it Cuckoo and Iculinary experience that she offers us from starter to dessert. A case to follow very closely!

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