Category Archives: Where to Eat?

Lucas Carton

Practical information

Address: 9 place de la Madeleine, 75008
Nearest transport: Madeleine (8,12, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 42 65 22 90
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

L’Express (2015) “Il dégaine des asperges vertes de Roques-Hautes superbes de croquant et de profondeur végétale, et les chatouilleavec une tapenade tonique olives vertes-fleurs de coriandre. Il cuirasse la noix de ris de veau d’une belle coloration croustillante et l’escorte de jeunes carottes aux graines de moutarde et d’un jus de veau sans bavure. Il envoie des rafales de pistaches de Bronte sur un valeureux pigeon rôti ou sur une irrésistible île flottante au coeur coulant de caramel.”

Gault & Millau (2015) “Sa carte est très actuelle, axée légumes et saison: fleurs de courgette et curry vert, saint-pierre de ligne et fleur de fenouil, agneau de lait des Pyrénées et petits pois. Bien sûr, école Senderens oblige, un vin est conseillé avec chaque plat ; bien sûr, le service est d’une courtoisie qui frise l’obséquiosité (mais c’est Paris et le style est nécessaire), la cave est grande et les desserts eux aussi font l’effort de suivre le calendrier (bon mariage fraise rhubarbe en été).”

John Talbott (2015) “Beautiful presentations; big English-speaking staff; but the food is not yet up to the old guy’s standards.”

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Restaurant Sylvestre

Practical information

Address: 79 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour-Maubourg (8), Invalides (8, 13, RER C)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner and Thursday-Friday for lunch
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone01 47 05 79 00
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Le Monde (2015) “Chef  Sylvestre Wahid, doublement étoilé, propose une cuisine pleine d’humilité mais de très haute technicité… Sa cuisine lui ressemble: calme et aiguisée.”

Le Figaro (2016) “Venu de Courchevel, Sylvestre Wahid succède à Piège du côté de chez Thoumieux, manœuvre la berline de brasserie du rez-de-chaussée et ordonne, à l’étage, une gastronomie de force tranquille, sans esbroufe, d’un chic foncier, appliquée au saisonnier, consciencieuse à disposer en menu dédié (chair, mer, végétal) une cuisine renouant avec la générosité et ce vieux mot que l’on croyait usé: la gourmandise.”

Gault & Millau (2015) “L’enjeu est énorme, mais le jeune chef, très confirmé, qui anima avec brio l’Oustau de Baumanière pendant des années, a les épaules assez larges, à la fois pour essuyer les plâtres et les critiques du début, et pour pose sa propre patte sur une carte à son effigie.”

L’Express (2015) “Oeuf de poule, cèpes au fumet de truffes blanches en chaud-froid avec de la truffe blanche d’Alba finement rappée: Voici un plat signature qui se décline tout au long de l’année avec d’autres matières premières en accompagnement de l’oeuf. Gustativement, on comprend vite qu’on a affaire à une assiette gourmande parfaitement maitrisée au niveau des accords et du tempo. Une expérience que l’on aimerait renouveler lors d’une future déclinaison, juste pour voir si c’est aussi bon.”

Photo via Hôtel Thoumieux’s Facebook page

Le Grand Restaurant

Practical information

Address: 7 rue d’Aguesseau, 75008
Nearest transport: Madeleine (8,12,14)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 53 05 00 00
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of Interest 

Le Figaro (2015) “Le plat à ne pas laisser filer: homard bleu de Bretagne en feuille de figuier, mûres épicées, foie gras au poivre sauvage, pur instant de mijoté réinventé.”

Simon Says (2015) “En fait, si l’on a bien compris, Jean François Piège semble vouloir siffler la fin d’une mi temps où les chefs faisaient un peu n’importe quoi (voir ailleurs s’ils y étaient). Il est en cuisine avec ses coéquipiers (chacun à sa place), fait une cuisine franche, lisible et distincte. C’est du premier degré (ouf!). Avec un élément nouveau: la sincérité. ”

Paris Bouge (2015) “La cuisine de Jean-François Piège est une ode au patrimoine culinaire français, c’est une cuisine du jus, de la cuisson lente qu’on retrouve dans ses mijotés modernes.”

Food & Sens (2015) “Je vais mettre en avant ce que j’ai déjà commencé à travailler il y a quelques semaines, que j’appelle le mijoté moderne», annonce Jean-François Piège, citant un «chevreuil cuit sur les marrons grillés avec une réduction sauce poivrade» et «une poularde de la cour d’Armoise cuite en croûte de riz». «Au lieu d’être en garniture, le riz devient un élément de cuisson. Et on vient casser la croûte devant le client», décrit-il.”

Photo courtesy of Jean-François Piège’s Facebook page

L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer

We have not yet reviewed this restaurant, but you’ll find practical information about location and hours on this page, along with links to other reviews. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

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Tiger

On a busy street lined with touristy pubs near Saint Sulpice, Tiger is a cocktail-focused breath of fresh air. Gin & tonics are the specialty here, with more than six variations on the standard available, all made with Tiger’s homemade tonic. Other gin-based cocktails make up a strong part of the menu (think French 75 or martinez), and, as one might expect, the selections for individual gins are excellent, including a version from noted calvados producer Christian Drouin. Those seeking a little variety have other options in the form of a short classic cocktails menu, too. Vaguely Southeast Asian small plates are available, too, if you’re hungry, but the laidback atmosphere and fun cocktails are the true draw.

Helmed by the gregarious Stanislas Jouenne, formerly at La Maison du Whisky, Tiger is a relaxed alternative to the other more serious (and more uptight) cocktail destination nearby, Prescription Club.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

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Baton Rouge

Bayou-themed Baton Rouge is a high-end dive that’s strategically manufactured, but still thoroughly enjoyable. It’s rowdy, rollicking good fun; the tone is set by the twangy soundtrack and good-natured staff, who set down a bowl of peanuts immediately upon your arrival and actively encourage you to throw your shells on the floor.

The atmosphere, ripe with plastic alligators, could potentially feel silly, but it’s saved by the cocktails which are anything but. Partners Joseph Biolatto of Le Forum and Julien Escot of noted bar Papa Doble in Montpellier have curated a mixture of pricey bottle-aged cocktails, unusual (for Paris) milk punches, classic American highballs, a variety of old-fashioneds, a cherry-tinged take on New Orleans staple the sazerac, and an original Baton Rouge creation of cognac, absinthe, and vermouth topped with champagne. The cheeky presentation features red Solo cups garnished with paper umbrellas for true American frat party style, or a stroop waffle on top of a bottle for a milk punch.

It’s interesting to see a Parisian bar delve into regionally specific American comfort foods such as shrimp poboys, muffaletta sandwiches and BBQ ribs.  While I wouldn’t exactly call the po boy authentic, as that would require the shrimp to be deep-fried and served on an actual hoagie roll, it was tastier than a hot mayonnaise sandwich with a few seared shrimp has any right to be. It’s sloppy, fun, drunk food that didn’t cost a fortune and although not perfect, it does the trick to sop up all the sazeracs.

Catherine Down, January 2016

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Mabel

Grilled cheese seems like the epitome of spontaneous late-night eats, yet you’ll want to make a reservation at Mabel if you’d like yours washed down with a cocktail. The small speakeasy-style bar nestled behind a family-friendly grilled cheese sandwich shop requires clients to be seated, which is great for a cozy tête-à-tête and less exciting for those who want to mingle. It also means that, while walk-ins are welcome, they could well be disappointed. If the sandwich alone is your poison, you’re better off visiting the street-facing shop,  where alongside the traditional a handful of other flavors including a classic tuna melt, vegetarian pepperoni, pulled pork, and rum marinated bacon with egg are on offer. They’re authentically greasy enough despite the virtues of seeded bread.

In the bar, a self-proclaimed “cocktail den and rum empire” the rum selection is, indeed, impressive at more than 100 varieties and counting,  but there’s a bevy of other options from Joseph Akhavan using a variety of other spirits, too, and one of the best bitters selections in town. There’s a lot going on in his complex cocktails and it’s a great place to discover a more sophisticated side of the liquor we so commonly associate with Spring Break, but a few of his thoughtful pairings have perhaps a little too much going on, notably a “Tempted to Touch” which featured Stilton infused rum with “banana colada” emulsion.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

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Mmmozza

Mmmozza has one of the bbbest selections of mozzarella that you’ll find in the city, ranging from tiny bocconcini, to a  baseball-sized burrata stuffed with black truffles, to an enormous braided rope of bufala mozzarella, hacked off by the slice. The skinny sliver of an Italian specialty shop has lines out the door at lunch for its messy, affordable sandwiches featuring fresh mozzarella, cured meats and vegetables, and arugula. When the weather is nice, there’s outdoor seating or you can chow down in the Square du Temple park directly opposite. A variety of imported prosciuttos and salamis, stuffed pastas, oils and vinegars, and a small but quality range of Italian wines are also available for purchase.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

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Ravioli Chinois Nord-Est

You’re not here for the bare-bones space or the bare-bones service, you’re here for the fresh dumplings, pure and simple. They’re cheap, abundant, and most importantly, good.

There are usually 10 varieties on the menu including beef and turnip, pork and celery, shrimp & chive, and a great vegetarian mushroom option, all priced around €5 for a plate of 10, and served either grilled or boiled. The cucumber, peanut or noodle side salads are a good complement. Space inside is cramped, so plan on a short wait for a table, and don’t let the length of the queue put you off: Most are waiting for their goods to-go, no surprise when 100 frozen dumplings can be purchased for as little as €20.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

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Our 50 Favorite Restaurants

In Any Category: Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in Paris

  1. Septime
  2. Restaurant David Toutain
  3. Sola
  4. Au Passage
  5. Verjus
  6. Restaurant Frenchie
  7. Clamato
  8. Juveniles
  9. Le Griffonier
  10. Le Cinq

Classic Bistro

  1. Juveniles
  2. Le Griffonier
  3. Philou
  4. Chez Michel
  5. Bistrot Paul Bert
  6. Bistro Bellet
  7. Chez l’Ami Jean
  8. Terroir Parisien
  9. L’Assiette
  10. Chez Georges

Modern French

  1. Restaurant David Toutain
  2. Sola
  3. Verjus
  4. Restaurant Frenchie
  5. Le Chateaubriand
  6. Spring
  7. Porte 12
  8. Akrame
  9. Pirouette
  10. Clover

Extremely Difficult to Book

  1. Septime 
  2. Restaurant Frenchie
  3. Abri
  4. Yam’tcha
  5. Le Chateaubriand

Small Sharable Plates

  1. Au Passage
  2. Ellsworth
  3. Yard Wine Bar
  4. Clamato
  5. Gare au Gorille

Especially Good at Lunch

  1. Table
  2. Semilla
  3. Le Baratin
  4. Le Servan
  5. Le Galopin

Haute Cuisine

  1. Le Cinq
  2. Pierre Gagnaire
  3. Ledoyen
  4. L’Arpège
  5. L’Ambroisie

Cheap Comforts

  1. Breizh Café
  2. Frenchie To Go
  3. Crêperie Josselin
  4. Holybelly
  5. L’As du Falafel

Simple Food & Excellent Wine

  1. Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
  2. Les Papilles
  3. Le Repaire de Cartouche
  4. À La Renaissance
  5. Retro’bottega

Histoires

Practical information

Address: 85 avenue Kléber, 75016
Nearest transport: Iéna (9), Trocadéro (6, 9)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday and Saturday for dinner and Wednesday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 70 98 16 35
Average price for lunch: More than €100
Average price for dinner: More than €100
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2016) “M. Pacaud’s 2* leaves one stunned.”

Le Figaro (2015) “Il a dévoilé Histoires, «restaurant dans le restaurant» où, pour vingt convives, il se livre à ses «fantaisies gustatives», notamment à travers des techniques subtiles d’imprégnation des plats. Pour lui, la cuisine est un art éphémère qui ne saurait être dissocié de ses propres références artistiques (musique, BD, peinture…).”

Gault & Millau (2015) “Une cuisine plus personnelle qu’à l’Hexagone, inspirée par les influences culturelles du chef, qu’elles soient musicales ou picturales : langoustine fleur de fenouil anisée, ris de veau fleur de sureau, abricot thym et amandes amères… Prix élyséens (compter 250 € à la carte).”

Food & Sens (2015) “Il a créé dernièrement Histoires, un espace de haute gastronomie pour une vingtaine de couverts où le chef joue une partition créative liant avec musique, littérature et art, une vraie relation affective.”

Photo via Histoires’ Facebook page

Maison Plisson

This sprawling 500m² space on the edge of the trendy Northern Marais does double duty. On one side, it’s an upscale market, boasting fresh fruits and vegetables, high quality cheeses, charcuterie, and deli items, as well as a bakery, an excellent selection of wines and a range of luxury local and imported grocery items. On the other, it’s a café, serving a small menu of salads, soups and quiches made from ingredients sold next door. In a neighborhood surprisingly devoid of good grocery purveyors, the store is a revelation: The boulangerie turns out the best croissants for several blocks, the charcuterie is excellent and this is the go-to spot for top-notch pickles or proper English tea. With the Bastille market just around the corner customers might balk at the price of produce here, but if only kale will do, this is the store for you. The café is less inspired – the quiches are fine, the soups appropriately wet – but the “bottle and a planche” happy hour deal is great value.

— Emily Brookes, November 2015

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Laurent Favre-Mot

Between the chocolate mustache-topped sable sandwich cookies that resemble an inside-out Oreo, the “f*cking dark” chocolate tarts topped off with chocolate skulls, or a lemon cream in between sesame madeleines disguised as a hamburger, this pastry shop can feel a bit too self-consciously cool. Thankfully, the sweets mostly deliver, and the tattooed and bearded eponymous pastry chef is present most days, and gracious. The deconstructed cheesecake inside of a Camembert box is an interesting take on a ubiquitous dessert, and the fresh fig tart with dragées rich with an intensely vanilla cream in a crisp, not-too-sweet shell. Pastries taken to-go are packaged in reusable plastic pencil cases adorably slapped with a robot sticker. In yet another departure from his peers, Laurent Favre-Mot will be offering a limited savory lunch and brunch in the back room of the pâtisserie.

— Catherine Down, October 2015 

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Gravity Bar

Practical information

Address: 43 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday
Reservations: Not Accepted
Telephone: 06 11 84 21 76
Average price for a cocktail:12€
Average price for dinner:10-19€
Style of cuisine: Small plates
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2016) “Un comptoir arrondi derrière lequel des barmen à casquette s’affairent à préparer des mixtures bien dosées, à base de gentiane notamment (12€ le verre). La clientèle de jeunes barbus et belles bohèmes apprécient l’ambiance un rien scandinave.”

Le Fooding (2015) “Le Gravity, bar à manger du frais, exerce déjà son pouvoir d’attraction: c’est plein à craquer, extérieur compris.”

52 Martinis (2015) “The selection is packed with ingredients that won’t be immediately recognizable to the average drinker: Gentiane Salers, Maurin Kina, Galliana Ristretto, etc. These kinds of non-mainstream ingredients (well known in the craft cocktail world, less so outside of it) can either elevate or crush a menu. And it takes a skilled professional to pull this off with aplomb. Fortunately, that’s exactly what they have with Michael Mas behind the bar.”

Time Out (2015) “Les assiettes à partager finissent de nous séduire. De la vraie cuisine, imaginative et goûteuse, pour l’apéritif. Bonbons de saumon à l’érable et cacahuète, tataki de canard figue et pistache… Nos papilles frétillent et notre carte bleue se porte bien : toutes les assiettes sont à moins de 10 €. On mange bien, on boit bien et c’est beau.”

Blackburn

Practical information

Address: 52 rue Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 41 73 31
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soup, salad & sandwiches
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Reviews of interest

Sprudge (2015) “While the coffee is carefully selected, here the focus is more all-around cafe as opposed to coffee bar; it’s the entirety of Blackburn that’s important, not just what they’re serving. There are fresh juices if you’re not in a coffee mood, all food and most of the pastries are made in house, and there’s even an inviting couch at the back – a vintage Scandinavian model of course.”

Good Coffee in Paris (2014) “… the awesomely understated Blackburn Café, content in its isolation and home to some excellent coffee… Coffee is à la demande (by request), with an interesting variation in the beans, which have origins as diverse as Indonesia, Ethiopia and Salvador. There are several seating options depending on how much conversation is desired, and  sections for reading and laptop work.

Photo via Blackburn’s Facebook page