2 King’s Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE
As you make your way from King’s Walk and up the carpeted staircase, drawn in by the sounds of laughter and the clink of glasses, prepare to be enraptured by the aromas from this little kitchen. You’ll appreciate the evident quality straight away; this is a venue with real character and quirky class. It is the vision of Jean Louis David and Sergio Capobasso, experienced restaurateurs who have held true to their ideal of quality and individuality. The kitchen is the realm of Jean Louis, closely supported by James Crossman, a chef who has perfected his art over the years with some of the best in the business, including Gordon Ramsay. The menu is concise yet varied, and comprises well-thought-out options, which are both delicious and beautifully presented. I started with a generous bowl of moules marinières – plump mussels in a broth of white wine, garlic, cream, shallots and parsley. For mains, the sanglier – wild boar with mushrooms, potatoes and truffle jus – was a masterful balance of intriguing flavours and delicacy. I rounded off my meal with the brownie au chocolat, and it was the best brownie I’ve ever tasted. The crisp surface yielded to a creamy, rich interior of drunken cherries and white chocolate mascarpone – delicious. From Monday to Thursday, two courses are available for £12.95 or three for £15.95. Whether you visit for lunch, in the evening or for a pre-theatre meal, Petit Paris promises a wonderful dining experience thanks to the hard work of the whole team.