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Chez L’Ami Jean

Brash and belly-filling, a meal at l’Ami Jean can be coma-inducing. Reserve in advance, and plan on walking home.

An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 27 rue Malar, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour Maubourg (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Closed Monday
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 47 05 86 89
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: French, Basque
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Reviews of interest

Meg Zimbeck (2012) “The base product is impeccable. But the real joy comes from watching/eating what the chef does with these ingredients. Jego’s tweaking of classic bistro flavors doesn’t feel, as is so often the case, haphazard or goofy. Those three great dishes each conveyed a feeling of comfort while also sharing – and this is difficult – something new.”

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “C’était un bistrot basque, simple et de quartier. C’est devenu, sous la houlette de Stéphane Jego…« the » bistrot à prendre d’assaut.”

Barbra Austin (2010) “The rosy crawfish soup that kicked things off was straightforward enough, with sweet green peas and tiny croutons floating around in the current.  After that…a dish of cod with foie gras, the white fish turned green by a bright parsley sauce… A few favas played around the plate, and a strip of chorizo laid across everything, a colorful garnish, yes, but not superfluous…”

Barbra Austin (2009) “…a seven course marathon of more-or-less Basque dishes that somehow managed to be elegant and creative, unpretentious, and generous down to the last round, a large bowl of riz-au-lait with a wooden spoon sticking out of it.”

François Simon (2009) “Il faut être dans une forme olympique, s’enduire de testostérone et manger du cheval. C’est comme ça, sinon vous sortez la tête en avant en faisant des holalala. Nourritures d’enfer donc, d’une générosité et d’une percussion rare…”

Figaroscope (2009) “le menu ­carte blanche… avec une cuisine à la fois solide et subtile, où la terre côtoie la mer, le saumon, le pop-corn et le ris de veau, la citronnelle. Autre option, l’exploration de la carte XXL…”

Food Snob (2009) “…the food, the atmosphere, the buzz – it was just a lot of fun.”

John Talbott (2007) “Should you go? I think this is an ideal place to send 1st time visitors; good chow, authentic surroundings and nice staff…”

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8 thoughts on “Chez L’Ami Jean”

  1. I so hate being the one to disagree in a thread like this, where fulsome praise is being lavished on the restaurant — indeed I can scarcely find a negative comment in the bunch above. How could our meal have been so awful, I wonder? The set menu is 75 euro; we went a la carte and were served tasteless, rubbery partridges for close to 40 euro, along with a marginally better (extremely tough) duck for around the same price. I just don’t know what to say — this wasn’t a matter of taste, all three of us couldn’t believe what we’d been served. The service hardly could have compensated, too; we arrived on time at 7, and the waiter was in a massive hurry to get us out before the 9:00 rush. In the interest of total candor, and to establish some bona fides, let me here briefly enumerate some virtues: the soup was exquisite, the rice pudding was delicious (and insanely portioned — our single serving could easily have served about six people). Still, they couldn’t make up for a truly lousy meal, which at 250 euro for three people (soup, two appetizers, three rubber birds, one dessert and a bottle of Chiroubles) is quite disappointing. Off night? I have no other explanation. (Because how could so many PBM’ers be so wrong?)

  2. Guessing it’s not one for veggies? My quest for a “foodie” venue that is inventive with non-meat products continues…

  3. Delicious!
    We had the “business” lunch – 4 courses including dessert. Amazing asparagus & lobster bisque to start and the mashed potatoes with the main course were like none other I’ve ever experienced.
    Never in a million years would have gone inside if I hadn’t read the reviews here.
    Glad we did though! At almost $200 US for 3 it was spendy – but worth it.
    I also use a wheelchair – one small step in and no access to the restrooms but the staff was very accommodating.

  4. They have changed the menu for the evenings.
    Now there is a reduced menu à la carte and a degustation menu 75€. I have the impression that the menu prices have also gone up quite significantly as well since last year (20-25€ entrees , 30-40€ mains). As much as I like the food, I won’t be going back at those prices nor for the screaming chef that makes for a very tense ambiance en salle.

  5. LOVED this place. We got the mid-priced tasters menu (it was around EUR 50 per person) and it was delicious. First course, they brought out the soup bowls with croutons and bacon, green onions in the bowl. Then they poured on a delicious creamy concoction. Rice pudding was indeed very special. Everything was greattttt.

  6. We truly loved the place. The service was…erratic, but the servers were cool. None of it had a truly negative impact, they were still fun and interesting, good recommendations and a great experience.

    But all of that matters pretty little to us. The food was great, excellent throughout. The sullen “renowed chef” seemed to have earned his spot to us. Every dish was ranging from great to amazing. It was a true delight.

  7. Usually the idea of an open kitchen is a good one. It allows the clientele to see what’s going on, feel that the cooking and eating are a symbiotic relationship. Not at l’ami jean. Worst idea ever. As the chef has to scream to be happy, it makes the whole meal stressful. I know I’m the minority but I can’t stand l’Ami Jean – the service is atrocious (nasty waiters please apply), you are seated on top of your neighbors and the food is okay but frankly not that special – and not worth the price. It used to be a nice Basque neighborhood place, now it has become chic and frankly not a pleasant experience. To be skipped until the “renowed chef” calms down.

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