Les Petites Mains in the gardens of the Palais Galliera: Spring cuisine by Justine Piluso

By Manon C., My B. Photos by Manon C. Posted May 4, 2022, 10:18 AM

The gardens of the Palais Galliera once again welcome the ephemeral restaurant Les Petites Mains. In the kitchen, top chef Justine Piluso; on the plates, fresh, springtime cuisine; and for the sweet part, creations by pastry chef Jeffrey Cagnes. The ideal spot to enjoy the sun, facing the Eiffel Tower.

Now that the beautiful days seem to have settled permanently in the capital, it’s time to enjoy the sun on the terrace, with if possible, good things to taste. Exactly, the gardens of the Palais Galliera once again welcome the restaurant on the terrace Little Hands. 600m2 of greenery with a view of the Eiffel Tower, the ideal place to have a good time in the sun, until October 31.

At the head of the kitchens of this ephemeral table, back to Fashion Museumthe top chef Justine Piluso who signs a spring card and generous, which gives pride of place to fruits and vegetables that have matured in the sun, seafood, and fine meats, subtly underlined by the essential italian touch which echoes the roots of the chef. All this can be savored à la carte, which changes very often according to arrivals, or through lunch menus offered on weekdays at €24 for a starter/main course or main course/dessert; and €33 for a starter/main course/dessert.

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From market to plate, colorful and fresh recipes by Justine Piluso will delight the finest beaks, in dressings as in pairings, starting with this octopus chiffonade (11€) and its very fresh sprout salad, sprinkled with deliciously tangy lemon gel tips, and this memento of artichokes (13€), a starter in total contrast to the previous one, very comforting and creamy, with its smoked bacon and perfect egg.

The dishes to follow hit the bullseye, especially this burrata cream (18€) which covers a sort of airy savory pancake, and which goes well with a tripotée of still crunchy fresh peas, beautiful seasonal green asparagus, an enchanting wild garlic pesto, and an uplifting grapefruit gel. A generously delicious dish; everything we dreamed of to accompany our tanning session under the Parisian dodger. The minute lasagna (24€), is more rounded and rich, with its lamb confit with sweet spices and its smoked eggplant caviar.

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To accompany these dishes, sip a cocktail creation, as The Unsuspected (gin infused with rhubarb, aperol, grapefruit juice, lemon, rhubarb purée, hibiscus syrup; €15), a very light cocktail, ideal for those who don’t want to be tipsy at lunchtime. Otherwise, the mocktails may be an option, as are lemonades and the iced teas.

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For the sweet part, Les Petites Mains called on a pastry chef who needs no introduction, Jeffrey Cagneswhich reveals a particularly extensive menu of graphic desserts which have made its success, from the regressive and chocolate babka (€12) to the rum baba (9€) which unfortunately lacked whipped cream, via the lemon tart (14€), the strawberry to share for two (24€) and the trompe l’oeil fluted (11€) which contains, under its coppery chocolate shell, many wonders.

The Fashion Museum has acquired a devilishly tasty ephemeral table for this spring-summer. Spring recipes, fresh, light while being really tasty, perfectly executed by the chef Justine Piluso ; is everything you want to savor when cooking in the sun. An essential stop of your summer!

This test was carried out as part of a professional invitation. If your experience differs from ours, please let us know in the comments.

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