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Philou

Chef Philippe Damas is showcasing the season’s best ingredients (porcinis, partridges) at this bistro near the Canal Saint-Martin.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 12 avenue Richerand, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 38 00 13
Average price for lunch: 20-34 €
Average price for dinner: 20-34 €
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2011) “Des plats de marché bien accompagnés… Pas de régime mineur, c’est enlevé de l’entrée au dessert, avec un service efficace qui maîtrise ses tablées.”

Aaron Ayscough (2011) “…a winningly sharp, modern bistro…while all the other criteria for success are certainly in place – well-priced natural wines, a solid market menu, the nearby canal – it was the engaged, reactive service that was the runaway highlight of a recent meal there.”

Patricia Wells (2011) “Damas offers old-time ingredients – like pig’s cheeks and calf’s liver – and serves them up with a simplicity and freshness that is thoroughly appealing.”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “If this bistro was in my neighborhood in the 9th, I’d eat here all the time. One way or another, it finds a solid place on my to-go list, especially since it’s also a very good buy.”

Barbra Austin (2010) “…a fantastic chef-owned bistro offering good seasonal cooking at very reasonable prices…A generous sauté of early cepes, well-seasoned and brightened with herbs and a splash of vinegar justified its supplemental charge…crisp skinned chicken was almost upstaged by the accompanying girolles…”

John Talbott (2010) “One is always looking in vain for good places near the terribly branche Canal St Martin since the late, great Garance closed and this could well be it.”

Bruno Verjus (2010) “Philippe, dit Philou est l’ami des produits et des vignerons…Les plats et dessert régalent et osent le classicisme avec un tartare bien troussé, un délicieux poulet rôti ou un rare baba au rhum…”

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4 thoughts on “Philou”

  1. My cousin and I decided to us PBM to find a great lazy minute booking outside because the weather in Paris has been stunning this week. Philou was a slam dunk! We called and they had the best outside table reserved for us for an hour later that night. It has a great neighborhood feel and we were the only American accents in there that night. The wait staff was fun and kind with our weak attempts at French and directed us towards their favorites for the evening…Light flavorful fois gras made in their kitchen with this delightful brioche and miel as a starter. We cleaned the plate. Their ‘steak and potatoes’ Normandy beef with mushrooms and small potatoes was savory and a hearty portion, larger than many I’ve had here. We let them pair our wine carafes with each course and are glad we did. All in all a memorable meal and perfect choice. A great experience in the 10th!!!

  2. Sorry, but I can’t understand the hype for Philou at all. Given the fact that for just a little more money you can eat at great places like Abri and Roseval, this shabby looking bistro is hopelessly overhyped. The food is “okay” at best (fatal lack of seasoning; a foul st. jacques in one dish), the wines are rather mediocre (to put it mildly), service is hectical and the room (on the evening of our visit at least) was smelly. Need I say more…?

  3. Thanks for this suggestion (in your great for last minute booking piece). Philou was my top favorite in a week of eating in Paris last week :)

  4. Thanks for this review. We recently went there ourselves and had a great experience. Quality food at reasonable prices, in a nice intimate restaurant.

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