A Pop-Up Eatery Near the Eiffel Tower

When looking for Paris restaurants, it’s not often that you find one that’s hip and sleek, and has a killer view of the Eiffel Tower. Rarer still is that such a restaurant would bother to open for only six months. Yet that’s the idea behind 180, a pop-up bar and restaurant situated squarely adjacent to the trunk of the Eiffel Tower. For 180 days only, this ephemeral eatery will lure diners to the 10th floor of the Pullman Hotel with its panoramic view and unpretentious, seasonal dishes.

Based around the theme of the seven deadly sins, 180’s menu will change on the seventh day each month from January 7 to July 7. I popped in for dinner in February, which, as could be expected, was centered around the theme of lust. The Paris restaurant’s quiet neon and subtly thumping music gives the place a modern, sleek vibe, and while the sparkling view of the nearby Eiffel Tower lends itself easily to romance, the cool and hip environment ensures that a girls’ night out would be equally well begun here.

For a relaxed night’s beginning, I would recommend 180’s tapas or choices from the snacks menu. But I went full force and selected from each, and was not disappointed. My starter was a composition of avocado, ash-rind goat cheese and thinly sliced duck. The soft elements created a dense base while the duck gave the flavors an earthy weight, all topped off with Swiss chard and urban honey (gleaned right here in Paris), which balanced the flavor and gave the heavy bites a necessary lift. The ashy goat cheese in combination with the smoked duck, so thin as to be near carpaccio, worked well together to provide a strong stage for the honey.

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