Paris: Fuxia (6ème arrondissement)

One of our favourite finds in Paris was an Italian restaurant, Fuxia, across the road from the Jardin de Luxembourg (in the 6th arrondissement).


While we were in Paris, we took on the role of flâneurs (those who stroll and loaf).  We walked everywhere and had grand adventures throughout Paris.  In a heatwave.  We had a hard time dealing with the heat, so of course we had to stop at sidewalk cafes for refreshing drinks.  Fuxia was a great place to stop — not just for drinks (the house rosé became our favourite), but also for a bite to eat.

One afternoon we stopped for a couple glasses of rosé and a beautiful vegetarian antipasti plate:



I had been talking about my craving for lightly-steamed green beans with a bit of garlic for days… and all of a sudden they popped up as a surprise on our antipasti platter!


And if you’re ok with gluten, the Ricotta Beignets appetizer is perfect for sharing:



We also came back for a few evening meals, and I made the most of their risotto dishes!  The first night we were there they had a risotto special on the chalkboard: Risotto Truffes (Truffle Risotto) with artichokes, truffle cream, cherry tomatoes, arugula, and Grana Padano cheese.


And then I needed to try the vegetarian risotto on the menu, the Risotto del Estate with pumpkin cream, small peas, zucchini, carrot, artichokes, basil, and Grana Padano cheese.


I love the bright saffron-yellow colour of the rice — it’s because of the pumpkin cream!



Eating at Fuxia has rekindled our love of big plates of antipasti for dinner, and all the Italian flavours.  We’ve been doing a lot with pesto since we came back (I can highly recommend using baby arugula in a standard pesto recipe) because of our Fuxia meals.  This is one restaurant I wish we had here at home.

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