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Kunitoraya 2

Slurp your udon in style at this new branch of the rue Sainte Anne classic, housed in a renovated brasserie. Menus range from 18€ at lunch to a hefty 70€ at night.

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Willi’s Wine Bar

Mark Williamson’s landmark wine bar turned 30 in 2010. It’s packed with suits from the Bourse at lunch, and an Anglo-heavy crowd in the evenings.

Practical information

Address: 13 rue des Petits-Champs, 75001
Nearest transport: Pyramides (7, 14) or Bourse (3)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 61 05 09
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

Aaron Ayscough (2014) “A bit odd, reminiscent of middling French-themed restaurants in London or New York. It contains croque monsieurs, a burger, and some pitifully amateurish crab-cakes, alongside more identifiably Parisian staples like duck breast and Charolais steak.”

Alexander Lobrano for The Guardian (2012) “…Mark Williamson, who has probably had a bigger influence on what Parisians drink today than almost anyone else, is completing a major expansion. What’s unlikely to change is the international crowd, the brilliant selection of wines by the glass and a menu that follows the seasons with dishes such as quail breast on salad leaves with spiced nectarines.”

Patricia Wells (2012) “…still going as strong as ever. My last meal was a revelation: food with character and history, a chef with a classic education at the stove, a wine list that’s hard to beat anywhere in the world…food that seems intent on satisfying the customer, a place that is what it is (fabulous!) and not trying overtly to prove anything…”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “My favorite way to eat at Willi’s is to sit at the bar…perfect for trying out some of the wines by the glass, and great for a solo meal or last-minute get-together.”

Figaroscope (2010) “On y retrouve huit à dix personnes sur les tabourets hauts, en fonction de l’affluence. D’abord pour goûter les épatantes propositions de vins au verre et souvent pour poursuivre autour d’une bouteille (sélection tout aussi qualitative, notamment dans le Rhône) et de plats, piochés sur le menu-carte.”

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Mon Vieil Ami by Meg Zimbeck

Mon Vieil Ami

A contemporary bistro on the Ile Saint-Louis from noted chef Antoine Westermann, where vegetables rule.

Practical information

Address: 69 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile, 75004
Nearest transport: Pont Marie (7)
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 40 46 01 35
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: modern French
Website

Reviews of interest

Franck Pinay Rabaroust (2014) “Quand une enseigne commence à confondre quantité et qualité, la confiance fout le camp et c’est le début de la fin. C’est également donner la pire image de notre gastronomie – qui se veut amicale par-dessus le marché ! – à des touristes qui continuent de se faire avoir avec un menu en trois services facturé 47,50 euros. À ce tarif-la, ça fait chère l’assiette mal fagotée.”

Patricia Wells (2011) “..the menu was loaded with fresh, seasonal produce: meaty girolles mushrooms, new carrots and heirloom tomatoes, new potatoes and last-of-season asparagus. Avocados, first-of-season ratatouille, fresh white cocos blancs, zucchini and fennel all starred. I ended up feasting on  a stunning and satisfying all-vegetarian meal…”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “I’ve had such a deluge of negative remarks about the reservations process and the service at Mon Vieil Ami that I’ve decided it’s not a restaurant I feel comfortable sending people anymore, which is a shame, because the food is often delicious…”

Figaroscope (2010) “Les légumes continuent d’occuper une place prépondérante à la carte, version chic et fraîche avec une crème glacée de chou-fleur ou tendre et chaleureuse avec la cocotte de légumes de saison. On aime les jeux de textures, entre cru et cuit, du chef Frédéric Crochet, qui donne à ses légumes de l’exubérance…”

François Simon (2009) “Le service. C’est sans doute l’esprit alsacien de Westermann que l’on retrouve ici… L’assiette. J’avais commandé un canard rôti avec une choucroute caramélisée. C’était bon, copieux (servi dans une petite cocotte) mais on n’est pas forcé d’aimer le canard lorsqu’il est livré en gros morceaux…

John Talbott (2009) “Let’s dispense with the petty complaints – first: their shoving us, despite my reservation assurance, into that dreadful American-zone on the banquette…But to the food.  I had the 41 Euro menu, starting with a bone-dry home-made terrine with two garnishes (that I’ve had before and was moist and tasty).  OK…”

David Lebovitz (2008) ” The house specialty is vegetables, but the rest of the food is terrific…”

 

 

 

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L’Entredgeu

This beloved Basque bistro is usually packed with locals.

Practical information

Address: 83 rue Laugier, 75017
Nearest transport: Porte de Champerret (3)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 40 54 97 24
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: French, Basque

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2011) “De la piperade avec l’œuf mollet, des haricots blancs façon cassoulet avec l’épaule de veau, la tome de brebis qui va bien… L’assiette met bien évidemment le cap au Sud-Ouest…Le tout avec une sincérité désarmante…”

David Lebovitz (2007) “So in spite of the name, and location, L’Entredgeu seems to be thriving and is always packed. The dining room can be a bit cramped, which is part of the charm… a real bargain for food this good, and well-prepared…”

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Le Crabe Marteau

Pretend you’re in Brest as you hammer away at fresh crab, oysters, and other shellfish at this seafood shack in the 17th.

Practical information

Address: 16 rue des Acacias, 75017
Nearest transport: Argentine (1)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 44 09 85 59
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: French, Breton, Seafood
Website

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2011) “Le tourteau, d’un bon kilo, fraîchement livré tous les matins et cuit au court-bouillon. Il est servi entier, accompagné de petites rattes bio, de mayonnaise maison nature ou aux herbes, de pain au levain et de beurre salé. La meilleure partie ? Se défouler sur les pinces de la bête grâce au marteau de bois mis à disposition…”

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Mets Gusto

A contemporary Mediterranean bistro in the 16th.

Practical information

Address: 79 rue de la Tour, 75016
Nearest transport: Rue de la Pompe (9)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Monday, and Saturday lunch
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 40 72 84 46
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Mediterranean
Website

Reviews of interest

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “…on se rend compte que les tarifs ont fait un solide bond en avant, que le lieu manque d’âme, l’accueil de relief, le service de nerf…Le cadre sobre de bistrot minimaliste manque, à l’évidence, de vie…”

John Talbott (2010) “…scallops were actually very good product and nicely cooked but the veggies, whatever they were, were so-what.  I on the other hand found my sauteed mackerel only so-so…”

Le Fooding (2010) “Un bistrot chic où les prix sont à la hauteur de l’ambition de départ. Et même s’il manque un petit grain de folie dans la cuisine, la selle d’agneau justement cuite aux herbes du maquis et caviar d’aubergines (à éviter avant ou pendant un rendez-vous galant) se laisse déguster. Le jackpot ? Les desserts.”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “Après quelques biscuits au parmesan, sablé et moelleux à la fois, pas mal du tout… Voici donc le pavé de morue poêlé, dont les chairs nacrées simples et délicieuses glissent sous le couteau…”

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Au Petit Marguery

A delightfully unmodernized table, especially good in game season, when you’ll find roast partridge, grouse, wild duck, and lièvre à la royale. Finish with the Grand Marnier soufflé.

Practical information

Address: 9 boulevard de Port Royal, 75013
Nearest transport: Gobelins (7)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, lunch and dinner; Sunday, dinner only.
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 43 31 58 59
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, bistro
Website

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2009) “…what most Americans (including ourselves) must consider ‘the’ quintessential French/Paris restaurant – red velvet banquettes, brass fixtures, waiters in black and white…They had three kinds of game today, including lievre royale and grouse…generous and most excellent…”

Le Figaro (2007) “Lièvre à la royale: plaisir vampire. Soufflé Grand Marnier: incontournable…”

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Le Grand Pan by Barbra Austin

Le Grand Pan

Benoit Gauthier’s Le Grand Pan unfussily and deliciously serves up superb meats and market-fresh vegetables.

An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 20 rue Rosenwald, 75015
Nearest transport: Convention (12)
Hours: Closed Saturday, Closed Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 50 02 50
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

François Simon (2014) “À force de tourner dans sa roue de hamster, la gastronomie parisienne, régulièrement, nous déniche des petites trouvailles. Des idées limpides sortant du puits en petite tenue. On se dit alors que faire un restaurant est aussi simple qu’un revers au tennis.”

Patricia Wells (2012) “This elbow-to-elbow meat lover’s paradise tucked away in the southern edge of the 15th arrondissement, is a classic of it genre, a bistro where friends gather with two thoughts in mind: Copious food and lots of laughter for the sounds of good times.”

Barbra Austin (2010) “…pedigreed meats—pork from Eric Ospital, veal and beef from Mauléon—all meant for two mouths, all served with thick, golden fries and, if you’d like, a salad of delicate greens from vegetable goddess Annie Bertin…”

John Talbott (2007) “It’s small (40 covers max, including the bar), very welcoming…and all French.”

François Simon (2007) “Il s’agit là d’une cuisine de cuisinier, simple et directe, débarrassée de tout. Il ne reste que l’essentiel.”

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La Gazzetta by Meg Zimbeck

La Gazzetta

Petter Nilsson’s inspired, eclectic cooking drew rave reviews. Then he left, came back, and now he’s flown the coop again for Sweden. We’ll see?

Practical information

Address: 29 rue de Cotte, 75012
Nearest transport: Ledru-Rollin (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 47 47 05
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Website

Reviews of interest

Jerôme Berger for A Nous Paris (2014) “Un joli coup de Botte! Attention, pas le sempiternel trio mozza-pizza-tira’, non! Mais une façon de cuisine ritale : inspirée par la mamma, dressée pour la fashionista.”

François-Régis Gaudry (2014) “Même sans Petter Nilsson, la Gazzetta, ça gaze…L’autre jour, au déjeuner, dans une stupéfiante formule entrées et plat à 19 €, le garçon a montré qu’il avait plus d’un tour dans sa botte.”

Meg Zimbeck (2010) “Petter Nilsson’s cooking—often inspired and always eclectic—has helped establish La Gazzetta as a destination for food adventure…”

John Talbott (2010) “…free-range chicken with a sour orange and rosemary sauce…black cod with razor clams, quite nice and healthy.  Both were on the same bed of cabbage and parmesan, parsley and nuts – lazy, is Petter getting – or for 16 E are the first 4 a bargain? Yes!”

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L’Ecailler du Bistrot

The “bistrot” in question is carnivore-heaven Paul Bert, just next door. But at L’Ecailler the focus is on seafood, including a gorgeous array of Belon, Utah Beach, and Spéciales. Included in our editors’ list of Five Great places for oysters.

Practical information

Address: 22 rue Paul Bert, 75011
Nearest transport: Faidherbe-Chaligny (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 72 76 77
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2014) “Their Utah Beach oysters are exceptional but their fish dishes are not always on target… at 19€ [for lunch] it’s quite a bargain.”

Aaron Ayscough (2012) “…despite the eyebrow-raising prices I still had – and continue to have – a great deal of confidence in owner Bertrand Aboyneau’s supremely savvy restateurism. It was a lovely meal…”

François Simon (2010) “…calme, apaisé avec son ardoise de poissons du jour.”

Thierry Richard (2009) ” Des Spéciales du Belon n°3 (quasiment introuvables à Paris, avec un parfum de noisette ultra-percutant), des Utah Beach n°3 (iodées, charnues et tendres comme je les adore)…”

François Simon (2008) “Dans le genre, difficile de trouver mieux…”

John Talbott (2008) “Go? Yes for the oysters and white wine.”

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Le Repaire de Cartouche by Meg Zimbeck

Le Repaire de Cartouche

Chef Rodolphe Paquin continues to gets high marks for simple, hearty food and massive wine list. In May 2014, he transformed the lower dining room (entrance on rue Amelot) into a wine bar specializing in terrines and small plates to accompany.

Practical information

Address: 8 boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75011
Nearest transport: St. Sebastian Froissart (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 00 25 86
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

Jérôme Berger – l’Express (2009) “…ce troquet ‘tradi’ sert sur un plateau le gibier, en saison s’il vous plaît. Pas avant ni après…”

David Lebovitz (2009) “…it’s sad to see the dining room staff not take pride in the food they were offering, and not do even a halfway-decent job serving it. It’s especially unfortunate when the kitchen is working so hard to make such great food…”

Alexander Lobrano (2009) “I’ve had several complaints about the service at Le Repaire de Cartouche and also at Mon Vieil Ami, and so I’m putting both restaurants on a watch list…”

Barbra Austin (2009) “Fungi popped up all over the menu…Tiny mousserons were piled atop a tender veal loin.  Minced champignons in mustard and cream sauced a venison chop…A roasted pheasant breast was handily upstaged by the mix of diced cèpes and cabbage that accompanied it…”

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Le Sot-l’y-Laisse

This longstanding neighborhood bistro has a new lease on life thanks to Eiji Doihara, a Japanese chef with a classical French resumé.

Practical information

Address: 70 rue Alexandre Dumas, 75011
Nearest transport: Alexandre Dumas (2)
Hours: Dinner, Monday-Saturday; lunch, Tuesday-Friday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 40 09 79 20
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French

Reviews of interest

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2012) “Des entrées entre 10 et 19 € et des plats entre 23 et 29 €, le chef se situe clairement au-dessus de la moyenne des additions bistronomiques. Les prix sont-il justifiés ? A voir…”

John Talbott (2011) “…worth every rapidly disappearing Euro.”

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “…le menu du déjeuner mérite l’éloge, le détour, pour sa générosité, son prix, ses produits frais, ses plats nets, leur précision, leur vigueur, leur légèreté grande.”

Bruno Verjus (2011) “…une cuisine populaire, française, classique, débarrassée de l’inutile – épurée à l’esprit japonais. Un must eat absolu!”

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La Pulperia

La Pulperia

This Argentinian restaurant from Fernando de Tomaso could more accurately be called a bifteckeria, given the number and size of steak offerings on their menu. Expect giant portions, plenty of delicious chimichurri, and a good list (mostly French, surprisingly) wines.

Practical information

Address: 11 rue Richard Lenoir, 75011
Nearest transport: Charonne (9)
Hours: Dinner, Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 40 09 03 70
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: South American

Reviews of interest

Aaron Ayscough (2013) “To be fair, steak prices at La Pulperia are not appreciably higher than other natural wine steak destinations like Le Severo or Christophe or Bistrot Paul Bert. But the experience at La Pulperia is not yet of the same quality. Sadistic seating and a cackling bro-vibe are aspects of a restaurant I tend to tolerate for the sake of utterly unique cuisine or low prices or both. La Pulperia, for all the appeal of its estimable wine list, presently offers neither.”

John Talbott (2011) “With three chefs in the open kitchen we were guaranteed brisk serving of dishes – not!  They appeared in a leisurely if not languid, fashion…Our bill, with a bottle of wine, a bit more to get us through the endless waiting, no bottled water and so-so bread, was 117 E, 78 E a couple.”

Bruno Verjus (2011) “Un asado de qualité – travers de boeuf taillés en diagonale, grillés unilatéralement et infusé de l’esprit enjoué et sauvage du chef…La cuisine de Fernando repose sur des produits de tradition française traités avec une grande liberté d’esprit…”

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Sassotondo

A Tuscan address from Frederic Hubig of Astier and Jeanne A.

Practical information

Address: 40 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3)
Hours: Dinner only, Wednesday-Monday; closed Tuesday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 43 55 57 00
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Italian

Reviews of interest

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “De jolis produits, cuisine juste, sait faire simple, composant des menus alertes, au gré de son inspiration et du marché…Le choix de vins est splendide.”

Caroline Mignot (2011) “Jolie table qui sent la Toscane, les plats bien pensés et un brin sophistiqués par rapport à l’Italie qu’on a l’habitude de goûter à Paris. C’est goûteux, joli, hyper pro…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “…a terrific looking little restaurant…Exigent Italian food lovers at the table all, we agreed that this is a very good little restaurant and an especially good new option for Sunday night dinners.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2011)”…cet ultime italien de la saison révèle une belle plante de trattoria toute en climat, soignant le naturel mais savamment campée sur des produits de haute extraction…”

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Profiteroles at Chardenoux by Barbra Austin

Le Chardenoux

Celebrity chef Cyril Lignac took over this historic bistro in 2008.

Practical information

Address: 1 rue Jules Vallès, 75011
Nearest transport: Charonne (9)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 43 71 49 52
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, French bistro
Website

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2014) “One of the very rare restaurants with which I’ve had a long and consistently happy relationship during the more than twenty-five years I’ve lived in Paris… still so good.”

François Simon (2011) “…gentil dans ses efforts, louable dans l’assiette, mignon mais sans percussion…”

Figaroscope (2011) “Dans un décor classé, d’étain, bois et moulures, il revisite à sa façon quelques classiques (hachis parmentier, ris de veau, crêpe Suzette) en proposant aussi des compositions contemporaines…Efficace.”

John Talbott (2008) “The place is its old charming self…I then had the cassolet and this is where Cyril’s inventiveness, creativity and pushing-the-envelope puzzled me… This is not my, Escoffier’s, Mark Bittman’s, the Auberge Pyrenees-Cevennes’, etc., cassoulet, but the beans were super and the sauce got my attention.”

Alexander Lobrano (2008) “…about as classic a bistro menu as I’ve seen in a very longtime. Things got off to a good start…terrine de campagne was excellent and pleasantly garnished with a small salad of Bibb lettuce and marinated mushrooms in an excellent Xeres vinegar dressing…Our mains were excellent, too…if the kitchen turns-out cookbook perfect food, it’s oddly lacking in the lusty passion of truly great bistro cooking.”

Caroline Mignot (2008) “…une perle de bistro bourgeois parisien…La carte de ce ‘restaurant de tradition’, elle évoque les cocottes, les plats bien mitonnés, les côtes pour deux, bref, que du bon, mais à un certain prix.”

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L'Auberge Flora by Meg Zimbeck

L’Auberge Flora

Flora herself does the cooking at this urban inn, offering a range of shareable small plates, or a heftier menu (at higher prices).

Practical information

Address: 44 boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011
Nearest transport: Breguet Sabin (5)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 00 52 77
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: French bistro
Website

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2014) “Wonderful staff; limited menu.”

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “I know that this is a restaurant I’ll very happily be visiting again. Yes, the kitchen isn’t up to speed yet, but the menu’s fascinating, they work with great produce, the service is charming, and the prices are reasonable.”

John Talbott (2012) “The menu is supposed to be tapas-like but as far as I’m concerned the plates are quite ample… I had a spectacular/heavenly/wonderful pork rib…Go?  You bet.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “…un bon cœur de cuisine, où fibre ménagère et solide fond de terroir trouvent à s’exprimer en manière citadine.”

Caroline Mignot (2012) “Dans le désordre, la planche de charcuteries dont une caillette très convaincante (mélange de chair à saucisse, d’herbes, d’oignons, le tout dentelé de crépine), une rillette de lapin terrible (câpres, citron confit, huile d’olive, j’en aurais dégusté toute la soirée), un saucisson aux olives, des câpres, des olives qui seront finalement le joli fil conducteur de ce moment.”

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Bistrot Paul Bert

The menu at this perennial favorite is seasonally-minded, and a carnivore’s paradise. Not for the faint of heart, or appetite.

An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 18 rue Paul Bert, 75011
Nearest transport: Faidherbe-Chaligny (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 72 24 01
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2011) “…rapport simple au produit et ce culte de la gourmandise. Même soin apporté à la terrine de campagne maison qu’aux envolées plus fines (pigeon rôti et petits légumes ; lotte au gingembre…) et aux incontournables, dont le mythique paris-brest.”

Bruno Verjus (2011) “Ici l’on tâte et gâte le gourmand. Alors dérive et file le temps au gré de nourritures terrestres. Les desserts, par leurs énormes tailles créent un rapport d’enfance – tendre prodigalité. Du bon, du très bon, du généreux, un véritable bis trop.”

Patricia Wells (2010) “Last night at one of my favorite little places –Le  Bistrot Paul Bert in the 11th — I adored the addition of thinly sliced raw green asparagus. I’ve always preferred to braise my asparagus, but the earthy flavors of these raw veggies changed my mind!… Worth the journey, for sure.”

David Lebovitz (2010) “…it’s hard to go wrong with anything here. You can order from the fixed price menu or split a Côte de Boeuf (steak for two, which they will not cook further than medium-rare), which includes house made frites.”

Meg Zimbeck via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “For those who are sincere in their desire to taste classic bistro fare, there are few places better than Le Bistrot Paul Bert.”

Alexander Lobrano via David Lebovitz (2009) “This crowded and very popular place is one of my favorite bistros in Paris…”

Barbra Austin (2009) “This one is on many people’s list of favorites, including mine…”

François Simon “Un de mes adresses préférées. Gourmand, puissant avec une carte des vins à perdre la nacre de vos yeux…”

Dorie Greenspan (2008) “…one of my hands-down favorite bistros…”

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L’Alimentari

A minuscule trattoria in the heart of the Marais.

Practical information

Address: 6 rue des Ecouffes, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint Paul (1)
Hours: Lunch & dinner Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday & Monday
Reservations: book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 77 24 59
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Italian
Special attributes: Vegetarian options, open Monday

Reviews of interest

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2012) “Très convaincant, cette fricassée calmars/arctichauts, arrosée d’un trait d’une belle huile d’olive ardante…Des linguine en plein batifolage avec une super sauce tomate fraîche. Un goût de soleil, une touche de basilic, l’Italie dans sa vérité.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “une micro-trattoria plus disposée à soigner son décor en veine vintage qu’à surveiller l’al dente de la pasta… ici, comme souvent, au prétexte de l’Italie, la nonchalance des assiettes finit par agacer.”

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Baba au rhum at Le Mini-Palais

Mini Palais

Eric Fréchon of the Bristol is the consulting chef of this contemporary, chic brasserie. Book a table on the terrace when weather permits. Open every day, all day.

Practical information

Address: Ave. Winston Churchill, in The Grand Palais, 75008
Nearest transport: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (1, 13)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 56 42 42
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, renowned chef, vegetarian options, outdoor dining, good for groups, good for solo dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday, valet parking

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2013) “Without ever becoming fussy, Mr. Frechon’s appealing menu cleverly moves brasserie dining toward a more elegant register with dishes like a tartare of oysters and scallops garnished with a lemon-and-curry-flavored foam and veal sweetbreads glazed with Comté cheese and vin jaune…The hostesses can be chilly, and the service disorganized.”

Patricia Wells (2011) “a Paris restaurant with a welcoming outdoor terrace, open non-stop seven days a week from 10 am to midnight, service that’s polite (if a bit slow) and food that is utterly modern, fresh and seasonal. I’d call it Grand Slam.”

Thierry Richard (2011) “…sans aucun doute une des terrasses les plus agréables…Une table gentiment fusion…C’est joliment fait et de très bonne tenue pour une salle transatlantique qui défile les couverts par dizaines.”

François Simon (2011) “Le lieu est magnifique, surtout aux beaux jours…Parfait pour une clientèle choisie de se retrouver autour d’assiettes jouant pianissimo mais non sans efficacité…”

John Talbott (2010) “..inside it was gorgeous, stunning, beautiful and I breathed freely.  Before ordering they served an amuse bouche of a mini-brioche…Then I decided to have the formula (28 E for two dishes) and he two entrees with dessert (32 E); not bad eh for three-star grub?”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “Handsome though this room might be, I’d never be tempted if the food weren’t good, and happily it’s very good…Dining with friends, we loved the brilliant clafoutis of ceps mushrooms, squid with pil-pil sauce…and all of us eyeballed a gorgeous looking rock-lobster club sandwich as it went by on a waiter’s tray, too…”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “In the spirit of a brasserie, Le Mini Palais is open every day with continuous service, which makes it an elegant choice for a late lunch, a snack, an afternoon tea or an apéro.”

 

 

 

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Isami Bulot by Food Snob

Isami

Since 1992, chef Katsuo Nakamura has been impressing Parisians with formidable skill and quiet rigor at this tiny Ile Saint-Louis sushi bar.

Practical information

Address: 4 quai d’Orléans, 75004
Nearest transport: Pont Marie (7)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Phone: 01 40 46 06 97
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Japanese / sushi
Special attributes: standout seafood

Reviews of interest

Bruno Verjus (2012) “sashimi et sushi comme nulle part ailleurs à Paris.”

Francois Simon (2011) “…un menu superbe de fraîcheur et découpe affinée…”

Le Fooding “En attendant, on s’amuse la bouche avec les starters (délicieux bulots et foie de lotte) avant de se lancer à la conquête de l’assiette dégustation…Et on n’est pas déçu. Grands crus de saké à prix fous.”

Figaroscope (2010) “…comment font-ils pour que leurs sushis et sashimis soient si bons ? ! Le poisson semble avoir tout juste quitté les flots et le riz est d’une délicatesse inouïe. Accueil aimable et décor évidemment minimaliste.”

Chrisoscope (2007) “Joli assortiment de sushis et maki en face. Ils étaient bons mais très wasabisés…De très bons produits, dommage qu’ils ne fassent pas un peu d’effort au niveau de l’accueil…”


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Thoumieux by Meg Zimbeck

Thoumieux

The brasserie reinvented, by Jean-François Piège.

Practical information

Address: 79 rue St. Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour Maubourg (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 05 49 75
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, molecular gastronomy, renowned chef, open Sunday, open Monday, valet parking

Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) ““très bruyant, très show-off, carte rétrogressive, miche de pain croustillant, rillettes de sardines, calamar sauvage à la carbonara, quasi de veau cuit tout doucement condiment vitello-tonnato, glace vanille minute éclats de noisettes…”

François Simon (2010) “…c’est bien mieux.”

Meg Zimbeck (2009) “…like talking to an incredibly good looking guy who’s only a little bit annoying.”

Alexander Lobrano (2009) “…a frustratingly uneven meal, with thrilling flashes of Piege’s talent lighting up a culinary spectrum that otherwise ran from average to mediocre.”

John Talbott (2009) “I had a lackluster poitrine of pork with a crackling crust of something nicely strange with lentils…it was nowhere as good as the print-boys said.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2009) “Classique sur le fond, nettement plus chahuteuse sur la forme, la cuisine traduit en manières d’aujourd’hui ce petit éternel des brasseries. Certains trouveront à minauder sur quelques préparations un peu dans la joliesse, voire gentiment narcissiques, mais comment ne pas excuser quelques grammes de parisianisme dans une maison renouant enfin avec Paris?”

 

 

 

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Le Comptoir by Barbra Austin

Le Comptoir du Relais

Yves Camdeborde’s beloved bistro, once neo and now classic. Book months in advance for weeknight, no-choice dinner, or just queue up at lunch or weekends for the so-called “brasserie menu”.

Practical information

Address: 9 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance for dinner weeknights; reservations not accepted for lunch and weekends
Telephone: 01 44 27 07 97
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: market-based cooking, prestige ingredients, renowned chef, outdoor dining, good for solo dining, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Bon Appetit (2014) “Part of Le Comptoir’s appeal is its price… Part is the restaurant’s bustling, studio-apartment-size space, completely free of pretense in a city famous for pretense; Part of it is the fact that there is no menu—you eat whatever inventive, abundantly fresh, elevated bistro dishes Camdeborde chooses to cook that evening… Finally, there is the cheese board, oozing with only-in-France creations (and honey and quince jam and all that good stuff) that your waiter plunks down on the table after your meal and lets you have at it.”

Le Figaro (2011) “Bistrote de haut vol au déjeuner invitant le meilleur des produits et clamant haut et fort le goût du terroir…”

Le Figaro (2010) “Canaille et décomplexée en journée et le week-end, elle s’adapte à son écrin, le soir, en titillant les produits nobles, la saint-jacques, la truffe, le foie gras… le tout au rythme des saisons et en rotation quotidienne. Menu unique, certes, mais quelle qualité !”

François Simon (2010) “C’est parfait.” (Video review)

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “If the overall quality of what we ate was better than average, everything was boldly over-priced and by the time we’d finished our meal, a huge looming crowd had gathered…my distinct impression of this place is that it’s become a savvy tourist-oriented money-spinner. So I’d say, if you really want to sample Yves Camdeborde’s rightly legendary bistro cooking do everything you can to snag a table for the excellent prix-fixe dinner”

Caroline Mignot (2010) “salades gourmandes…assiettes de salaisons, de fromages et plats mitonnés qui font envie. Comme cette poitrine de veau braisée aux épices tandoori…croustillante et caramélisée…c’est trop bon.

Barbra Austin (2009) “…there is no mistaking Le Comptoir for a typical bistro…”

Food Snob (2009) “The general theme was one of simple yet luxury ‘comfort food’…A good idea though was foiled by execution and raw materials that were found wanting.”

François Simon (2009) “Toujours à la hauteur….”

Chrisoscope (2007) “…très belle expérience gastronomique…”

Sophie Brissaud (2005) “…pur Camdeborde : saveur, moelleux, croustillance, richesse et imagination ; des plats érotiques et nobles qui semblent vous déclarer leur amour à chaque coup de fourchette.”

 

 

 

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Le Galopin by Meg Zimbeck

Le Galopin

This bistro on place Sainte-Marthe was taken over by Top Chef winner Romain Tischenko in late 2011. Lunch menus at 19, 21 and 24€, dinner 42€.

 An absolute favorite  

Practical information

Address: 34 rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010
Nearest transport: Colonel Fabien (2)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, lunch and dinner; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 06 05 03
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, French Bistro
Special attributes:

Reviews of interest

Bruno Verjus (2012) “le résultat est pas si mal. Un tartare de veau, radis, cresson à l’acidulé élégant ou la savoureuse volaille cou nu à la cuisson bien maîtrisée.”

Chrisoscope (2012) “… nous avons plus que bien diné…Adresse encore jeune, déjà approuvée et appréciée, à suivre… Bravo le Galopin!”

Sophie Brissaud (2012) “La carte des vins est courte en raison des difficultés de stockage: il y a peu mais du bon et du nature…  Bien que j’aie zappé le dessert, je conclus à un sans-faute. Les prix sont plus que raisonnables pour une telle qualité. À ranger résolument dans la catégorie “Jeunes bistrots enthousiasmants”.

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2011) “…une jolie réussite…L’ombre du chef du Chateaubriand plane d’ailleurs sur l’endroit: Romain Tischenko s’inspire ostensiblement de sa manière de boxer les saveurs avec ce mélange de grâce et d’inconscience.

Phyllis Flick (2011) “My first visit for lunch, exceeded expectations. Seared calamari, thin slices of brightly colored green meat radish, and crisp fennel made for an amazing dish. …Overall I loved the creative, market-based menu and laid-back atmosphere…”

John Talbott (2011) “out of this tiny kitchen with a California/Amurican pass-thru, come dishes of such complexity, creativity and contrasting ingredients it kind of takes your breath away…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “Just two tiny courses into this meal, and I was already impressed…Crisply grilled brill on a bed of crushed potatoes with grains of lemon, shitaki mushrooms and griddled baby leeks…veal, which came with parsnips puree, pea shoots, and slices of raw daikon and parsley root, a terrifically nuanced constellation of flavors and textures….desserts were brilliant, too.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2011) “…quelques compositions bien plaquées, propices aussi au minimum cérébra..Heliantis-encornet-shitake: gourmand. Canard, chou, daikon, yuzu: chair superbe qu’aiguise un chou délicatement sûr…”

 

 

 

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The famous rice pudding, by Meg Zimbeck

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
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Regional: Basque
Special attributes: prix-fixe, market-based cooking, prestige ingredients, nose to tail eating, renowned chef, no-choice menu

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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Anahuacalli

A well-regarded Mexican address in the 5th, serving specialties like huitlacoche quesadillas, tortilla soup, mole and tamales.

Practical information

Address: 30 rue des Bernardins, 75005
Nearest transport: Maubert-Mutualité (10)
Hours: Dinner everyday; Lunch, Sunday only
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 26 10 20
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Mexican
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2007) “…un accueil délicieux et 100 % mexicain, et surtout des assiettes qui ont un sens et une vraie personnalité. Les tortillas au maïs servies tièdes développent les mêmes parfums qu’à Oaxaca..”

 

 

 

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Kitchen Galerie Bis by Meg Zimbeck

KGB (Kitchen Galerie Bis)

KGB is the offshoot of fusion master William Ledeuil’s Kitchen Galerie, offering the same mash up of global flavors that made him famous, in small plate format and at lower prices.

Practical information

Address: 25 rue des Grands Augustins, 75006
Nearest transport: St. Michel (4, RER B, C) or Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 46 33 00 85
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Fusion
Special attributes: prix-fixe, small plates, market-based cooking, prestige ingredients, renowned chef

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2010) “…bigrement moderniste dans ses petites touches contemporaines adoucies par une dimension asiatique, tout en douceur et en parfums. Accueil parfait…”

John Talbott (2009) “…inventive dishes, exploding palates and easy prices…”

Alexander Lobrano (2009) “…the main reason Ledeuil’s food is so good is that his finely honed culinary technique doesn’t ‘fuse’ these foreign ingredients into French bistro cooking, it sublimates them…”

François Simon (2009) “Je reste un inconditionnel de l’esprit Kitchen: sa légerété, ses touches asian, sa façon de faire danser le produit et l’accueil soft…”

Thierry Richard (2009) “Des parfums, des couleurs, de la subtilité dans les alliances et de la maîtrise dans les dosages. Brillant!”

 

 

 

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Maceo Paris

Macéo

The more elegant sibling of Willi’s Wine Bar, with a dedicated tasting menu for vegetarians in addition to their carnivorous fare.

Practical information

Address: 15 rue des Petits-Champs, 75001
Nearest transport: Pyramides (7, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Closed Saturday lunch
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 97 53 85
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, market-based cooking, superior wine list, vegetarian options, good for groups, event space, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Chrisoscope (2009) “Une soirée agréable et réussie…tout cela pour un tarif des plus raisonnables (une grosse soixantaine d’euros pour le menu et l’accord vins) si l’on tient compte de la grande qualité de l’ensemble.”

Figaroscope (2008) “De très beaux volumes haussmanniens et un coin salon idéal pour conversations discrètes.”

 

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La Rotonde

La Rotonde

A classic Montparnasse café and brasserie, serving standards like onion soup and steak tartare all day, along with oysters and other seafood in season.

Practical information

Address: 105 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 43 26 48 26
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: standout seafood, outdoor dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2013) “La Rotonde, a 1911 vintage brasserie in Montparnasse, accommodates both the real and imagined realities of the city, all without sacrificing good food…the politely wisecracking service is brisk in the brasserie tradition. More important, the traditional comfort cooking is not only well executed but often made with pedigreed ingredients.”

François Simon (2012) “Assurément, la Rotonde Montparnasse appartient à ces restaurants qui ne défraient pas la chronique… En fait, la Rotonde c’est le genre de restaurant dont on doit rêver lorsqu’on s’est longuement absenté de France. Tous les plats du répertoire sont là, fidèles,au garde à vous, pas bégueule, bon enfant et de bonne facture.”

 

 

 

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Izakaya Issé

Issé has changed formats a few times over the years, and now it’s a “bistro à sake”, offering a menu of izakaya — small plates — for grazing while sipping something from the serious selection of sake.

Practical information

Address: 45 rue de Richelieu, 75001
Nearest transport: Pyramides (7, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 96 26 60
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of Cuisine: Japanese
Special attributes: small plates, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2011) “I walked into Izakaya Issé on the rue de Richelieu, hoping for a quick, flavorful, inexpensive and light lunch. And that’s just what I got, in the name of domburi, the Japanese bowl of rice covered with a diverse assortment of fish, shellfish, meat or poultry.”

François Simon – Le Figaro (2011) “…aubergines mijotées, joues de bœuf au miso, couteaux sautés à l’ail, brochettes de porc avec légumes frits, fritures de pommes de terre et oignons… C’est plaisant, sans prise de chou, agréable à picorer, charmant pour tout dire.”

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “Au programme: les « domburi », ces grands bols de riz recouverts de viandes ou poissons qu’on goûte à la régalade pour se sustenter rapidement. Mais l’ardoise, avec soupe aux ravioles de porc extra-fines ou le joli gratin de crabe, les idées du soir, comme les sashimi de saumon, thon…Le « plus » de la demeure: c’est évidemment le choix de sakés…”

John Talbott (2009) “…a place all the critics have been falling all over themselves about…Occasionally the big boys, when they haven’t been outside Paris for a while, fall in love with a chimera.”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “…je me régale tous les samedis, presque à en devenir monomaniaque…”

 

 

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