Michel Bras’ protégé Antonin Bonnet has taken over the former tourist trap near Notre Dame and transformed the space into a sleeker, chicer dining experience. Diners fly blind sans menu but can expect high quality local products.

Practical information

Address: 41 rue Saint-Louis-en Ile, 75004
Nearest transport: Pont Marie (7)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday.
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 54 75 42
Average price for lunch: 50-100€
Average price for dinner: more than 100€
Style of cuisine: modern French
Special attributes: no choice menu, vegetarian options, market based cooking

Reviews of interest

Mark Bittman (2013) “Le Sergent Recruteur is splendidly located in the heart of Île St.-Louis; it’s swank, stylish and expensive and is loved by many. It’s also full of surprises, and the service is brilliant, but I did not think that the food delivered.”

François Simon (2013) “Nous étions au bar tranquillement à picorer une feuille de jambon, un soupir de viande, un baquet de vin rubis. Il y avait là comme une félicité rare à frôler l’excellence sans y succomber, déguster sans ressortir empaqueté ; pouvoir s’arrêter de manger comme l’on souhaite, accélérer soudainement. Deviser, dévisser puis partir lorsque les épidermes sont alertes. C’est cela la gastronomie d’aujourd’hui à Paris comme dans les grandes villes : alterner le haut plaisir et le plus simple et ce, dans une même adresse.”

John Talbott (2013) “Then came one of the best product seared scallops of my life with a carrot puree and a simply lovely bouillon/sauce; razor clams atop green al dente asparagus; and a nice piece of daurade with cauliflower heart.  Again, inventive, refreshing and interesting.”

Caroline Mignot (2013) “Produits triés sur le volet, vision pertinente, cuisine qui saisit son époque au vol, un goût de trop peu pour moi.”

Nicholas Lander (2013) “There is no menu in the restaurant. Instead, the staff engagingly ask for any intolerances or dislikes, and then list one or two of the more significant courses that night….My wife, much impressed by a fairly priced wine list of sensible length that includes, in her opinion, exciting producers from Italy, Germany, Greece, and Spain, chose a 2010 St-Joseph, Chemin Faisant, La Ferme des Sept Lunes.”

Le Fooding (2012) “Les comestibles tavernomiques collent au terroir parisien : œuf de Rambouillet, sirop d’angélique, noix fraîche, crème fouettée et oxalis. Ultra-technique et chromatique galantine de lapin rex du Poitou, foie gras, neige de pistache et gelée rubis de Banyuls. Les chairs limoneuses du mulet noir fleurissent à l’acidulé petit-lait du divin beurre ; potimarron et courge spaghetti en îlot réconfortent.”

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “Going on three hours now, we decided to cut things short, too, and concluded with an excellent fresh fig tart with vanilla ice cream. The bill for this meal ran over 300 Euros, which was rather heart-breaking, since it inevitably invited comparison to all of the other places we might have gone instead for a better and more enjoyable meal. Aside from the excruciatingly slow and disorganized service, the problem with this place you see is that the chef is more interested in showing off his culinary prowess, such as it is–and he does have talent, than he is in creating a sincerely memorable evening for his clientele.”