CO Paris 18


4.4 / 5 2 / 5

May 11, 2018

Alongside CO Paris 18’s seasonal French cuisine sits a delectable cocktail list made with homemade syrups, fresh juices and a range of premium spirits.

If you’ve never dined among wooden barrels, old children’s toys and bubble chairs then you’re missing a trick, because the decor of CO Paris 18 takes eclectic to a whole new level. And it doesn’t seem to be too bad for business, either. This friendly and relaxed restaurant feels a lot like stepping into a friend’s home, albeit one who didn’t quite manage to tidy the house before you turned up. The stripped wooden chairs and exposed bulbs make it feel very understated and informal, allowing the wonderful food and drinks to take centre stage.
Food at CO Paris 18 is a fresh, seasonal affair, highlighting some of France’s most delicious vegetables, fish and meats. Starters consist of caviar & blinis, Black Angus beef tartare and mussel soup, among others, while main dishes feature hearty portions of squid, duck, steak and barley. Oh, and don’t get us started on the carrot & mascarpone dessert (mascarpone cream, pickled carrots, gingerbread, pistachios and sorrel) – just try it for yourself and see. CO Paris 18 serves a succinct French wine list of reds and whites by the glass or bottle, but you can’t leave without tasting one of the bar team’s cocktails, made with fresh juices and homemade syrups. The CO Brasil gets our vote (cachaca, pineapple, 7-year-old rum, falernum, lime, Italian herbal liqueur, passionfruit puree and chamomile tincture), as does the Citizen (premium gin, Szechuan pepper, pineapple juice, herbal flowers, vanilla syrup, cloves and pink bitters), but you really can’t go wrong with any of their unique concoctions.