La Bourse et La Vie

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Come here to celebrate, or come on a date. Come when you want to taste classic bistro cooking in an environment that feels special. Come for the best steak-frites in Paris, or for the selection of after-dinner armagnacs. Come because you still remember the warm gougères that were served with your glass of Champagne. Come with a fat wallet, because all of this specialness is going to cost you. Not as much as the celebrated sister restaurant in New York, but still far more than an average neighborhood bistro. It’s worth it. 

Practical information

Address: 12 rue Vivienne, 75002
Nearest transport: Bourse (3)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday 9am-2pm and 7-10pm
Reservations: Book a week in advance, walk-ins welcome for breakfast
Telephone: 01 42 60 08 83
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of Interest

Saveur (2016) “The dishes not to miss include duckling in orange sauce, a brilliant modern riff on boeuf à la ficelle (beef poached in bouillon), an epic chocolate mousse, and the best crème caramel in Paris.”

Time Out (2016) “The two chefs brilliantly blend traditional French cooking with bolder, more original recipes, offering a small, careful selection of dishes like a sweetish beetroot salad with smoked eel, crème fraîche and raifort (a sharper version of Ukrainian borscht soup), or a well-seasoned steak cooked in Armagnac with perfectly cooked chips and an anchovy salad with vinaigrette.”

Simon Says (2015) “Service à son aise et surtout la faconde radieuse d’un chef épanoui. C’est sans doute cela la réussite de cette nouvelle adresse: le plaisir du chef décuple celui du client.”

Table à Découvert (2015) “Je crois que vous avez compris, cette attente que l’on nourrit chacun avec les classiques de la cuisine française a connu ici un bon dénouement. Je suis sortie de table heureuse et conquise.”

L’Express (2015) “Une déclaration d’amour à la cuisine de bistrot.”

Le Figaro (2015) “Fond d’artichaut foie gras: coulissant dans le moelleux. Pot-au-feu ravigote et tête croustillante: recette modèle, habilement travaillée autour du veau. Crème caramel: à vous prendre la bouche jusqu’à la gorge.”

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “This meal had conjured up memories of favorite meals and dishes I hadn’t though about in a very longtime, I tucked into what just might have been the best crème caramel creme I’ve ever had. It was rich, eggy, creamy and redolent of vanilla, and the only thing that could possibly have made it better was a stronger taste of burned sugar in the sauce… La Bourse et La Vie is a wonderful restaurant.”

Le Fooding (2015) “Splendides filets de maquereau au vin blanc en sortie de bain, avec oignons émincés, carottes, céleri, aneth, poivre; fond d’artichaut sous le foie gras, fondant comme du beurre; pot-au-feu de veau fleurant déjà la jurisprudence – quasi rose tendre, flanchet fondant, os à moelle, tête poêlée sauce ravigote, bouillon d’une autre galaxie avec… un cèpe géant, un peu de menthe et un zeste de citron vert râpé; steak au top, un pelé royal de race normande, servi avec salade, vinaigrette aux anchois et frites dodues; et desserts d’une belle vérité.”

John Talbott (2015) “Go if you can get in. Otherwise you’re nuts by definition.”

The New York Times (2015) “Rose applies his experience and skilled precision to the most comforting of French dishes: pot au feu, artichoke salad with foie gras (the first dish Rose ate when he moved to Lyon for cooking school), whole roasted chickens and steak-frites. Consider it an ode to the bistro.”

Photo via  La Bourse et La Vie’s Facebook page

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