Le Bal Café (NOW CLOSED)

Le Bal Café Restaurant in Paris | Paris By Mouth

NOW CLOSED

At this café/exhibition space on a quiet impasse near Place de Clichy, a pair of former Rose Bakery cooks are giving modern British cooking a very good name (particularly for brunch) and a serious barista is serving some of the best coffee in town.

Practical information

Former Address: 6 impasse de la Défense, 75018

Reviews of Interest

NOW CLOSED

Simon Says (2015) “Ce tea-restaurant cartonne non seulement avec son brunch (trop couru hélas) mais aussi au déjeuner avec des plats charmants, frais, à la diphtongue pimpante. Mieux vaut venir tôt pour goûter la respiration d’une cuisine toute simple avec régulièrement des plats comme le super welsh rarebit (toast à la Guinness, moutarde anglais  et cheddar), le kedgeree (riz épices, haddock fumé et oeuf).”

The Wall Street Journal (2015) “Although homesick British expats make up around half of diners at weekends, during the week it’s mostly Parisians who turn up for Welsh rarebit and cottage pie.”

Le Journal du Dimanche (2013) “Un soir d’été, sur la petite terrasse au bout de l’impasse de la Défense, à l’abri du brouhaha des voitures: truite de Banka, citron et fenouil, tendre et acidulé. Pour suivre, le merlu, palourdes, pommes de terre et bacon tout en équilibre. Et pour le dessert, cheesecake maison onctueux à l’anglaise. Revigorant.”

Lost in Cheeseland (2011) “Rest assured, this is not your typical museum café. Pancakes and fried eggs and bacon are on offer but so are dishes you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere in Paris. ”

 

Table à Découvert (2010) “Ces anciens de Rose Bakery ont retenu la leçon du pain et du beurre déposés sur la table à votre arrivée, avec des plats simples, sains et bons…des desserts aux accents anglais, mais prennent carrément le contre-pied de Rose Bakery question service. Des sourires francs, de vraies attentions et un plaisir de recevoir, ça fait plaisir à voir.”

Photo courtesy of Le Bal’s Facebook page

2 Comments on Le Bal Café (NOW CLOSED)

  1. Whilst it’s a great place to go during a bout of homesickness, I still feel that the coffee (whilst good for Paris standards) could be improved. The terrice is lovely on a warm day.

  2. I went there last Saturday with a friend for a lazy morning brunch. We had the standard eggs, bacon, toast and scones and I have to say I agree with most reviews on the place – it has the BEST coffee! The cheerful service only adds to the experience – they don’t rush you even though there’s a hefty crowd waiting at the bar most times, and they threw in free jam when we asked for some for the scones. All in all, a very pleasant experience. Definitely recommended.

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