Paris Restaurant: Eat Intuition in the 12th

Ethnic influences are an exciting development on the Paris food scene, and Eat Intuition, near the Bastille, is a good example.

Venezuelan chef Isabella Losado has a market-driven tapas menu that includes salmon gravlax with beets (pictured above); delightful button mushrooms with house-made ricotta; spicy beef and pork meatballs on a bed of creamy polenta, and oeuf endiablé — deviled eggs that turn a summer staple into a treat.

Wines by the carafe are from small producers, and fresh pressed fruit juices marry flavors like ginger and passion fruit.

At the end of a springtime Sunday brunch, when the generous slice of flourless chocolate cake, then the coffee (served in small French press pitchers) were gone, we lingered, watching Isabelle move back and forth across her pink-tiled kitchen.

We were grateful for her inspired dishes and filled with newfound appreciation for the melding of two cultures.