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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

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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Image via Alix Williams on Flickr.

Not Terrible Near Notre Dame

To save the 13 million travelers who visit Notre Dame each year from the 13 million terrible restaurants that surround it, we present you with our 13 favorite places to eat near the great cathedral.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

1. Brasserie de L’Isle Saint Louis – This classic brasserie has been in business since 1953, and is still run by the same family.

2. Le Porte-Pot – An address for simple food and a decent glass of wine in the Latin Quarter. They also sell bottles to go, too.

3. Maison David – Squeeze into this tiny butcher shop for a standing lunch and watch owner Michel Kalifa in action.

Book a Few Days in Advance

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

5. Mon Vieil Ami – A contemporary bistro where vegetables rule on the Ile Saint-Louis from noted chef Antoine Westermann.

6. Itinéraires – A popular modern bistro from Sarah and Sylvain Sendra with dégustation menus (59€, 79€) at night.

7. Sola – A refined Franco-Japanese address that is an absolute favorite for its elegant and fresh food.

8. Le Ribouldingue – Le Ribouldingue is not for the faint of heart, but for those who want to eat it. Heart, that is. And bones and liver and tongue and kidney.

9. Lengué – An Izakaya joint, serving small plates, Japanese beer and cocktails, in the heart of the touristville.

10. Fogón – A popular, contemporary Spanish table.

11. Benoît Paris – Open since 1912, this picture-postcard Paris bistro is part of the Ducasse group.

12. Le Sergent Recruteur – 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.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

13. La Tour d’Argent – Chef Laurent Delarbre is modernizing this landmark table but hints of the classic repertoire remain including the famous numbered ducklings.

Still have room after your meal?
No visit to Notre Dame would be complete without sampling a cone of the famed Berthillon ice cream.

Also Not Terrible Near…

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Quick! Where Can You Eat This Weekend?

You haven’t booked anything yet.

Where can you probably still get in?

You are terrified of the phone.

Where can you get in without booking?

  • Al Taglio (01 43 38 12 00) – seriously good pizza by the slice in Oberkampf
  • Les Pâtes Vivantes (01 45 23 10 21) – hand-pulled Chinese noodles
  • Café Constant (01 47 53 73 34) - traditional French from chef Christian Constant

You want to eat on Sunday night.

What’s open?

  • Mon Vieil Ami (01 40 46 01 35) – contemporary Alsatian bistro on the Ile Saint-Louis
  • Glou (01 42 74 44 32) – simple food, fashionable scene
  • Thoumieux (01 47 05 49 75) - the brasserie reinvented by Jean-François Piège

For additional ideas…

Check out Our Paris Guide restaurant page with more than 120 listings.

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