Nomos by Guillaume Sanchez

 
 
 
 

It goes without saying that I am not part of Nomos' target demographic. I couldn't care less for Enter Shikari or Kitsuné, but I feel like Taylor Swift really gets me. My dream interior is filled with kittens and pastels, whereas the Nomos crowd favors exposed brick, concrete, and Monsieur Chat. Even before the restaurant opened, it was clear I was overdressed and under-tattooed. This is not the kind of place where people wear color, or supportive lingerie. A car burst into flames right in front of the restaurant and all nine tables still filled up- that's the kind of place this is. 

Guillaume Sanchez, a two-time Meilleurs apprentis de France winner, is a year younger than me and has over a decade of experience under his belt, including Pierre Hermé, Dalloyau, Delmontel, Fauchon, and Ladurée. The Bordelais isn't your typical pâtissier. He doesn't particularly like sweets. His immaculate, minimalist restaurant serves up, not cloying confections, but experimental, performative courses.  According to Sanchez, the Nomos menu changed 39 times in 39 days, a testament to limitless creativity.

My husband plays football with the chef, so we tried his restaurant and were completely impressed. The staff made sure everything I ate was completely gluten-free, from a coffee and avocado starter with opaque Spanish rosé, to nori in sherry vinegar creme followed by vanilla eggplant. They asked if I was allergic to anything even before they knew I was celiac. That never happens in Paris!

After dinner, Sanchez treated us to a round of maracuja-coffee cocktails topped with pink peppercorns. The service was perfect and surprisingly zero-waste. Place settings come wrapped in real linen napkins tied with twine. Metal stirrers whip frothy egg whites on cocktails. Apart from beautiful tables and courses, something about the sleek black kitchen and mix of Sanchez's friends and neighbors engenders conversation. Halfway through the night, I teetered over to a group of tattooed girls sitting in the corner. They all smiled at me right away, told me where they bought their dresses, and laughed when I said I was American. Like they didn't already know.

My husband agrees this was the best meal we've ever had. All meals should begin and end with ice cream! Though I could be intimidated by the inimitably Parisian crowd, I never felt out of place or excluded. The atmosphere was welcoming, unpretentious, and fun, and Guillaume seems very nice, greeting every diner personally. Don't be fooled by the pretty plating- each sequence will fill you up in a way I previously thought only Chipotle bowls could.

 

Nomos

15 Rue André del Sarte
Métro: Chateau-Rouge, Barbés, Anvers
Reserve online here

Nomos is in the greatest neighborhood, around the corner from our old apartment in Montmartre, across from the APC Surplus shop (I hate APC). As for dress code, all the guys wore jeans. Women wore mini-dresses, jumpsuits, or t-shirts and shorts with heels. True to my inability to pick up on social cues, I wore an overly formal, completely thrifted outfit. Whatever, it felt right.

Sources

Dior dress
YSL heels
Cartier watch

Paris to Go

39 comments:

  1. Ariana, I don't know how you do it, but you always find the best places and tell us about it in your own unique voice. Brava. You look great. So does the food!

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    1. Hi Ji, coming from a real Parisian that is an amazing compliment. And a Korean too :) It reassures me that when I go back to my aunts and grandma they won't be upset at how I look hahaha

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    2. LOL. That is always my greatest fear when my relatives visit from Korea. My second fear is that I'm turning into them. It's a constant battle.

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  2. Saving this in a file for when I finally get back to Paris (grad school woes, ARGH). So nice to see a recommendation that isn't Scandi-chic and Australian brunch places. Thank you for your amazing blog. I'm obsessed with that dress. The idea of owning a real Dior piece for less than $200.....tempting.

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    1. Gwen, what are you studying? And thank you for the kind compliment. After grad school you deserve a Dior dress :) I hope you get back soon!

      I haven't had success with these recommendations you see on all these Paris guides. Tuck Shop is nice obviously but there's not so much I can eat there. Cafe Smorgas, meh. I had a Dix Belles moment a few years ago but my friends and I kept going in and there were people who were like, "You were at Silencio last night" and we didn't want to see the same people all the time, we wanted to meet new faces and different groups.

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  3. At 23 I could barely make Ramen, much less open a restaurant. Thanks for spotlighting these new young talents. You made me look really good to my friends visiting Paris a few months ago, they tried Myfreekitchen and loved it.. My sister-in-law will study in Paris next semester and this looks right up her alley. I anticipate this post will make me seem like a cool older sister :-P

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    1. Yea I was shocked. He is so accomplished!! At 24 I was still messing up macaroni and cheese. You should see his Facebook page, he's a real artist too. It's so hard to balance presentation and taste and run a business so good for him.

      That is awesome your sister will be here! I hope she tries it. The menu will probably be totally different but just as wonderful. Tell me if she is in awe of you after your recommendation. That would make me so happy!

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  4. What a testimony !

    I think I spent too much time in India and America that I am gasping at the portion sizes. Need to get out more !

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    1. Hi Archana, no, believe me, I gasped too. My husband kept saying during the dinner, "We're going to have to feed you after this." And then after one course I was full. But I somehow made room for four more :)

      It helps that they space out the portions at the right time and we were all talking. In America (and India for that matter) I scarfed my food down without talking to anyone. When you converse, and eat a little more slowly, you feel fuller faster. That's my experience at least. I still felt full the next morning!

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  5. Your dress is lovely. By the looks of the first photo, all the women are wearing a uniform - black dresses!

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    1. Jane, you are so sweet! Believe me, they were. There was one girl in like a dark navy dress and two girls wearing white. I shouldn't remember that, but I do. I said before on this blog that I never see French girls in black. Lately though, every time I go out at night- especially in different neighborhoods- they're all wearing some version of that "uniform"!

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  6. Kids can work at 14 on France? Or is he just a prodigy? Regardless , I want to go.to there.

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    1. I don't know what the laws are but I think that isn't normal. Actually, when I read he had a decade of experience, he was 23 at the time, so he must have been 13. Can you believe it? At 13, I had pet rocks. You should go :)

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    2. A few years before, you could start an apprenticeship at 14 (half school/half work). Nowadays it's 16.

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    3. Ah thank you Adeline! That explains it!

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  7. you're making me want to move back to montmartre, ariana! i lived on rue charles nodier. i imagine it's more gentrified now, though the crowd was still unbelievably hip when i lived there. rue muller has lots of cool things to do, too. it would be interesting to see a post on your favorite places in paris, please!

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    1. Hi Kate! That is amazing! When did you live there? Maybe we were neighbors :) It isn't so gentrified but yes, everyone was very hip, almost painfully so. I love Rue Muller! Any recommendations? Here are all of my favorite places:

      http://www.paris-to-go.com/2015/01/guide-to-paris-arrondissements.html

      I haven't updated it recently, though!

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  8. I think you're cool Ariana! Is the bun in the fourth photo green tea? Is that chocolate in the second photo? Also where did you get your shoes? I followed the link but it didn't look like the same pair. Sorry to ask so many questions.....
    xx Lina

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    1. Oh I'm stupid by the way and forgot to answer. It's an herb bun and sherry vinegar that looks like chocolate :)

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  9. If I had that dress, I'd wear it to the gym. Or the grocery store. Who cares how everybody else is dress when you look that pretty? Our anniversary is coming up in October. I hope to go here for the actual anniversary night dinner. We honeymooned here, but neither of us remember any of the restaurants. I had the impression gastronomic restaurants in Paris, and even in America, were quite stuffy. Glad to see there are exceptions.

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    1. PS the Taylor Swift remark made me laugh. At least you're the same age as her. I'm much older and she still speaks to me.

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    2. Happy upcoming anniversary! Yea and gastronomic restaurants in America could care less if you have food allergies. Taylor Swift transcends age, gender, and time.

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  10. i'll be there next week! i want to eat everything in these pictures, especially the second photo! (did you get a new camera by the way?)

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    1. Hi Jamie! No, it's my husband's phone :) Let me know how you like it. I already know you will love it haha

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  11. Hi Ariana! I continue to enjoy your posts, even though I don't always get the chance to tell you! I love your articles and reviews and, as we have discussed via email, as a fellow celiac, I am always delighted to hear when a celiac sister is eating well and safely. :) I always give big props to the chefs who take care of us in my reviews. P.S. Your dress is lovely. You look fabulous!
    Cheers, Ginny.

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    1. Hi Ginny! So good to hear from you, I was wondering how you've been feeling! Hope to read some of your guest posts on Gluten Dude soon :)

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    2. I have my own FB page now.
      Come visit me! I'm doing fine, thank you! PS I just shared your latest article to my page. Thanks for all you share with us! G.

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  12. Beautiful food presentation and sounds like such lovely flavor combinations. But with such a standout dress, what will you wear the next time you go ;) ? I guess that's one of the pitfalls of a minimalist wardrobe, at least one that incorporates color, which prevents me from finally clearing out my closet. -Fiona

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    1. Hi Fiona! I'll probably wear the same dress haha. I adopt certain uniforms for certain places. The flavor combinations were amazing, very creative and unique.

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  13. That looks and sounds utterly amazing. I love the idea of doing tasting meals, but with multiple allergies and intolerances (gluten/corn/mango), there’s always several things on the list I can’t eat. I hope this restaurant is still here the next time I’m in Paris.

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    1. Hi Cassie! I'm sure it's here to stay. Ah I just found out I can't have corn either, I'm sorry to hear about your mango intolerance! It seems whenever someone can't eat gluten they develop all these other strange intolerances and allergies too. Fortunately it looks like wherever you go you have amazing stuff to eat. Lavender lattes?! You inspired me to make one myself :)

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    2. I've heard it's actually not uncommon for people with gluten issues to have problems with corn as well. I have no idea why, I just know it makes the whole finding something to eat part considerably harder. Sorry to hear you've had to remove it as well. I hope you enjoy the lavender latte! They're something of an addiction for me now, I'm thinking of making a batch of syrup and storing it in the fridge for my morning coffee!

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    3. I heard the same thing. My gastroenterologist said it's because they rotate the crops with wheat. At this point, all grains are so modified or arsenic laden it doesn't surprise me that people can't tolerate them. Good call on the syrup!

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  14. Hi Arianna! It looks like a really fun evening! (And you look terrific.)
    Random question: why do you dislike APC? Just curious--I like what I see online but I've never shopped there or ordered anything online.

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    1. Hi Rachel, you are so sweet! I've never bought anything there but everything my friends buy never last. The pants rip apart at the seams, everything gets holes in them literally within weeks. They are overpriced for what the quality is and the manufacturing practices are poor- sweatshop labor in Tunisia and China. Selvedge denim fans seem to echo my sentiments. It's kind of like the Gap but a lot more expensive. Jean Touitou says a lot of inflammatory things too.

      I've read online that a lot of people like the brand and have pieces they really love that carry them through the seasons. I just don't know anyone here that has the same experience!

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  15. Every looks yummy, and this dress is simply stunning !

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    1. Thank you Adeline! How are you and the family? Next time you come to Paris, I think this is a restaurant you would like!

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  16. For sure ! But maybe my budget won't ? i was wondering how much was the menu if i can ask ?
    Thank you for asking about how i am. To tell you, i am in the process of changing of job. I currently have a job with many responsabilities, a lot of hours (and getting up at 2 1/2 in the morning).
    Simpliying my life and getting more quality in life will go through a much simplier job (and more sleep lol)

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    1. It's 39€ for five courses. What!!! You have to wake up so early! I'm very happy to hear you're changing jobs. You need sleep!

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