Martini ♥ Food : Sixth Sense at Heimat
The best lunch I’ve had so far in Paris has been at Heimat* in the first arrondissement. A friend actually canceled on me the morning we were supposed to meet, but I didn’t want to waste the reservation. So, another friend very happily agreed to be a replacement. Hurray for spontaneous substitutions!
It turned out to be one of those times when life actually grants you exactly what you need when you need it but you weren’t actually conscious that you needed it. A Sixth Sense sensation! There are hints and suggestions about what’s happening, but total awareness doesn’t click until the very end when M. Night Shyamalan puts it on a plate – so to speak – right in front of you.
My friend and I had both been experiencing changes, anxiety, conflict and pressures at home and work for a few months. It was a daily and progressive build-up of tension, seemingly unworthy of immediate concern. We entered Heimat thinking we were perfectly normal and certainly in no need of a physical or mental awakening. Fortunately, that’s exactly what we got!
Pierre Jancou and head chef Michele Farnesi direct the show, supported by sous chef Federico Azzolini and la pâtissière, Marion Goettle. They enlighten guests right as you enter. The environment is so refreshing – handsome, confident and honest. What you see is what you get. There’s no nonsense and no pretense, inspiring people to be the same way.
We sat next to one of the front windows bathed in natural sunlight, encouraged to face and then release everything weighing us down. Then when the food came, it was like having a full body cleanse. Delicate boulettes, white asparagus, wild greens, rigatoni, cabillaud, chocolate and rhubarb desserts – bold and beautifully composed but also tender and, in our case, emotionally nourishing.
To be able to have that experience in the middle of the work day in the middle of a work week is such a precious gift. It probably won’t be the same experience next time or similar for anyone else, but my friend and I were truly thankful to Heimat for that one brief moment of lunchtime and lifetime perfection.
*Heimat may no longer be opened for lunch so please check their website to confirm and go for dinner!
About the author:
RCL is a « Random Chinese Lady ». The author is not random, nor Chinese and sometimes not very « ladylike », but the adopted title fits well for such a misfit. RCL is American and Italian and lives in Paris with two entertaining kids. Her main aspiration is simple – to enjoy family and friendship through food!