I’ve never had any difficulties finding a good meal in Paris, but it can be tricky to find a restaurant that provides both an original location and reasonable, imaginative food.
It was a happy day therefore when I first discovered L’Aromatik, a jazz era venue where food is the music of life! The décor is pure 1930s and as fresh as the produce on your plate, with the original art deco fittings tastefully retouched in crisp sky blues, sunshine yellows and flashes of raspberry reds. The restaurant is not a large one, but the large mirrors, healthy pot plants and subtle lighting give the venue a feeling of space and well-being.
With the cool notes of jazz surrounding you it is easy to imagine Josephine Baker – a regular here in the early days – at the next table. She would have no problem recognising her old haunt, and would surely have appreciated the concerts that are held on Monday evenings. Thankfully though, this is not just a venue that draws on its heritage and atmosphere, but is also a table that is designed to appeal to the taste buds.
The menu is based around seasonal, organic produce, spinning Asian influences into classic bistrot favourites. The wine list is also heavily weighted in favour of organic producers, and there is even a full organic brunch offered at weekends.