zondag 11 september 2011

Hidden Kitchen Paris

Over the last few years there’s some of the hottest, most sought-after tables in Paris are ruled by American chefs. Just think about Chien Lunatique, Spring and Frenchie. But there is one that is part of the underground dining scene and which is Hidden Kitchen.

The two pioneers in this delicious movement are American chefs Braden and Laura. In 2007, the couple moved from Seattle to Paris to set up Hidden Kitchen, an underground, word-of-mouth, dining destination located in their Parisian flat. Modeled after the fantastic dinner parties that Braden and Laura would hold back home and when they first came to Paris. HK is now a sophisticated supper club where food-loving strangers come to meet and eat.

Twice a week, Braden and Laura host elaborate, market inspired, ten-course meals with wine pairing for 16 diners at their swanky, super central Parisian pad (their address remains “hidden” until your reservation is confirmed via e-mail). They head to the market beforehand to scope out what’s fresh, so you won’t know what’s on the all-inclusive menu until you arrive. The adorable couple greets guests with a refreshing aperitif before leading them to the communal table to meet the evening’s divers eclectic company.

The courses are small, impeccably fresh, and inventive. So you won’t leave feeling overstuffed. And multiple wines are poured to compliment the food. They’re booked months in advance, naturally, but you can also follow them on Twitter, where they post last-minute cancellations, if you want to be in-the-know.

“Complete strangers who have met at our table, 
have decided to go have drinks together the following night,” 
says Braden.

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