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L'Epi Dupin via www.epidupin.com

L’Epi Dupin

L’Epi Dupin has been attracting a mix of loyal locals and tourists since it opened in 1995.

Practical information

Address: 11 rue Dupin, 75006
Nearest transport: Sevres-Babylone (10, 12)
Hours: Dinner, Monday-Friday; lunch, Tuesday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually O.K.
Telephone: 01 42 22 64 56
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: market-based cooking, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2009) “L’ardoise arrive, pas une suggestion qui ne fasse pas envie…Crevettes à peine saisies, au coeur encore fondant et “rosé”, enrobées de quelques grains de sésame…Velouté de Saint-Jacques incroyablement lisse…Le dessert parle de lui-même…”

 

 

Au Comptoir de Brice via Facebook

Au Comptoir de Brice

After success on Top Chef, and with a grant from the city of Paris (for “alimentary encouragement”), Brice Morvent opened this counter-service resto in the marché Saint Martin, serving unfussy contemporary cooking.

Practical information

Address: 31-33 rue Chateau d’Eau (in the covered Marché Saint Martin), 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Monday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 07 87 36 77 38
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: n/a
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: decent brunch, open Sunday

La Table d’Aki

L’Ambroisie vet Akihiro Horikoshi does everything at this 16-seat jewel box in the 7th.

Practical information

Address: 49 rue Vaneau, 75007
Nearest transport: Vaneau (10)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 45 44 43 48
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: Modern French

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2014) “Subtle, streamlined, and honest… a singular style of cuisine, offering dishes that both satisfy and surprise, amaze with their freshness, and always make us feel special to be one of the lucky few to secure a table at the 16-seat restaurant. ”

John Talbott (2012) “The carte is minimalist as well, one entree of the day, two mains and one dessert…all dishes and sauces and veggies were magnificent.”

Patricia Wells (2012) “The spotless, tiny restaurant is bathed in light and white from head to toe…His food, too – pure, simple, and sensational in an understated way  – is white…”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2012) “Un repas du côté de chez lui?  Trois plats de bonheur simple servis d’une main leste  qui s’en retourne soudain au coin des fourneaux.  La salle est blanche, le climat délicieusement mutique,  les assiettes offrent le frisson…”

Bruno Verjus (2012) “La juste perfection d’un gros ravioli de langoustines, ventripotent. Une chair de soie, glacée comme un soulier, d’un jus corsé de carapaces de langoustines. L’ultime du ravioli, un chant au palais, une tessiture à vous donner le frisson, tant les notes de ce plat sont justes et denses. Sans doute le meilleur rapport qualité/prix au monde. Ce plat pourrait faire pâlir la plupart des restaurants 3 étoiles. La perfection je vous le dit.”

Thierry Richard (2012) “Dans l’assiette, du beau néo-classique affiné par plus de vingt ans passés à l’Ambroisie…« Galette de maquereau », aux saveurs puissantes, nettes et à la texture délicate, « Filet de lieu jaune poêlé, quenelles de tapenades aux deux olives » superbement cuit, nacré, d’une simplicité et d’une justesse épatante, « Tarte aux poires » un ton en dessous. De la simplicité tirée au cordeau comme une chemise de tailleur au tombé impeccable.”

 

 

 

Racines 2

Now open: Racines, version 2.0, featuring the same product-driven cooking as the original, in a Philippe Starck-designed space.

Practical information

Address: 39 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001
Nearest transport: Louvre-Rivoli (1) or Les Halles (4)
Hours: Open for lunch & dinner Monday-Friday plus Saturday dinner; closed Saturday lunch & all day Sunday
Reservations: book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 60 77 34
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-100€
Style of cuisine: classic French
Special attributes: prestige ingredients, open Monday

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2012) “The ‘menu’ is a very reasonable 29 E for 3 courses, but a la carte we’re dealing with double that, and that’s before liquids.  But I rather liked the ‘menu’…a perfectly cooked duck breast with a ton of vegetables…a chocolate mousse…All were much above average…”

Thierry Richard (2012) “La cuisine y est dans le droit fil de ce qui avait fait le succès de son jumeau : des produits de belle extraction, à peine transformés, soigneusement assaisonnés et aux cuissons toujours millimétrées. Mais il y a là un je ne sais quoi en plus qui fait claquer les doigts…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “this restaurant feels very out of place in the rue de l’Arbre Sec…more alarming than the decor or the crowd, however, was the menu. For starters, it was short and difficult, because not only was it rather unappealing, it was also very expensive…if I want to spend 70 Euros on a meal, I can think of a lot of much better places to do so than Racines 2.”

François Simon – Le Figaro (2011) “Voilà des plats travaillant a minima, juste dans le souffle et l’élan…Attention, Racines 2 ne fait pas de la grande cuisine, juste une cuisine de produit, laissant passer celui-ci comme la muleta du torero. Certains risquent d’être déçus et je les entends d’ici : “Ah, ce n’est que ça ?!” Réponse: ce n’est que cela.”

Le Figaro (2011) “…cuisine toujours ciselée, nourrie aux beaux produits…généreuses terrines, salade, comme un tableau, de racines croquantes et arc-en-ciel de l’incontournable Annie Bertin, tendre côte de cochon, fondante tarte au citron…”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2011)”…un bon spécimen de bistrot urbain nouveau…repas bien découplé entre petits plats de spontanéité et vins nature…Vitello tonnato : tranché un peu trop charnu mais plaisant. Poitrine de cochon, cocos de Paimpol et jus de cresson : beau gras bien relancé par des cocos bien en verve…”

 

 

Krishna Bhavan by Barbra Austin

Krishna Bhavan

The vegetarian Tamil cooking at Krishna Bhavan is generous, aromatic, colorful, and cheap. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Practical information

Address: 24 rue Cail, 75010
Nearest transport: La Chapelle (2)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 42 05 78 43
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Indian/Sri Lankan
Special attributes: vegetarian options, good for solo dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Barbra Austin – Girls’ Guide to Paris (2011)”…perfect for vegetarians, the budget conscious and anyone craving Indian food or just looking to get off the beaten central Paris path.”

Le Fooding (2010) “Le régime maison? Sans viande et sans alcool. Le must : l’assiette composite Thaali (8 €) aux six légumes, servie avec du riz, et un dessert au yaourt.”

 

 

Our Guide to Normandy

Normandy-Cow

Activities for Food Lovers

Musée de Camembert (in Vimoutiers)

Delicious Normandy Food Tours (in Bayeux)

Restaurants

Le Vauban (in Port-en-Bessin-Huppain)

Auberge le Clos Saint Julien (in Saint-Julien-sur-Calonne)

Manoir de la Drôme (in Balleroy)

Restaurant La Sapinière (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer)

La Rotonde (in Port-en-Bessin-Huppain)

Cheese & Dairy

La Fromagerie Graindorge (in Livarot)

Coopérative Isigny Sainte-Mère (in Isigny-sur-Mer)

La Fromagerie de Bayeux (in Bayeux)

Wine & Cider

Cave Cidricole Lecornu (in Bayeux)

La Ferme de la Sapinière (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer)

Le Volet Qui Penche (in Bayeux)

Markets

Saturday Market in Bayeux

Sweets

Biscuiterie Les Sablés d’Asnelles (in Asnelles-sur-Mer)

Pâtisserie la Reine Mathilde (in Bayeux)

 

 

Youpi et Voila by Phyllis Flick

The latest and greatest Paris openings

 

2012 has already been a busy year on the Paris restaurant scene. Here’s a selection of noteworthy newcomers. Click on the restaurant name for practical details and more reviews.

Youpi et Voilà Fans of Septime and Saturne will probably like Patrice Gelbart’s seasonal cooking, characterized by “generous amounts of fresh herbs and plants with a mix of textures and flavors,” says Phyllis Flick.  “There are no heavy sauces, and little fat. Just clean bright flavors.”

Au Conservatoire Cédric Casanova has opened a Sicilian épicerie next to his La Tête Dans Les Olives, with a single table d’hôte for 5-8 people that is probably already booked solid for the next ten years. The “picnic” runs 30€/person and features products from the shop, which you will no doubt want to purchase after the meal.

Big Fernand The burgers here are well-seared and juicy, the fries crisp, the staff look like they’re starring in a hipster production of Newsies. Food truck? What food truck?

Terroir Parisien Yannick Alleno of Le Meurice brings his locavore act to the Left Bank at this airy, open-every-day spot, resuscitating the Parisian repertoire with Ile de France ingredients. Dine in on frisée salad, onion soup, and Verot charcuterie, or get a classic sandwich jambon et beurre to go.

Arola Early reviews are mixed for this Spanish import, a small-plates set up from Michelin-star collector Sergi Arola, housed in the new W Hotel. Alexander Lobrano says, “the Pica Pica format [Arola's term for small plates] is fun when you’re on a large sunny terrace with the Mediterranean in the distance but is distinctly less satisfying in a low-ceilinged dining room with handsome formal 19th century French moldings.” Claro que si.

Semilla There’s a M.O.F in the (flameless) open kitchen at this new address from everyone’s favorite Anglo restaurateurs Juan Sanchez and Drew Harré, of Fish, Cosi, and wine shop La Dernière Goutte. Patricia Wells says it’s “carefully designed for the way we want to eat today…a nice mix of little and large tastes for vegetarians, meat eaters, lovers of the classics as well as the adventurous…”

La Table d’Aki Akihiro Horikoshi — a L’Ambroisie vet — is both chef and waiter at his new, intimate 16-seater in the 7th, where he’s cooking a modern, refined menu that Bruno Verjus declares “the best value for the money in the world.” THE WORLD.

 

 

Our Guide to Wild Game in Paris

Our Guide to Game Season in Paris

Game season is a special time in Paris restaurants, with gibier à plumes (wild birds) arriving in late Autumn and gibier à poils (hare, boar or deer) turning up in the early winter. For those who aren’t quite sure how to play the game, we’ve compiled some resources to help guide you through the forest of options:

 

 

Le Floréal via lefloreal.fr

Le Floréal

Le Floréal via lefloreal.fr
This mod neighborhood café and brasserie serves fruits de mer, plats du jour, big salads, and a reputedly decent burger. Oh, and le brunch.

Practical information

Address: 73 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Open every day, all day
Reservations: not necessary
Telephone: 01 42 08 81 03
Website

View a map of all of our restaurants here.
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: French, brasserie
Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Sunday, open Monday
Type of crowd: neighborhood locals, hipsters, bobos
Interior: polished & modern
Atmosphere: casual

Reviews of interest

  • François-Régis Gaudry (2011) “….céleri rémoulade et Cobb salad, Cheese burger et plateau de fruits de mer, cheese cake et poire Belle Hélène. Menilmontant et Manhattan, même combat….Floréal aurait droit à un truc du genre : « A des facilités et beaucoup d’imagination, mais ne les exploitent pas jusqu’au bout. Peut mieux faire… »”
  • Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “Les gens du quartier, branchés ou débranchés, en terrasse, les bobos curieux à l’intérieur. La maison fait rendez-vous en continue, table aimable….Mais le lieu a des prétentions gourmandes…et tout n’est pas parfait, loin de là…”
  • Phyllis Flick (2011) “The bun was homemade, as were the fries, making it one of the best burgers I’ve had in Paris…This is probably also the only place in Paris where I’ve ever overheard a table of chic looking Parisians order hot-dogs for dinner.”

Le 21

Book in advance for a table in this discreet enclave in the 6th, where chef Paul Minchelli continues to cook some of the most delicate and exquisite seafood in town.

Practical information

Address: 21 rue Mazarine, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: book a week or so in advance
Telephone: 01 46 33 76 90
Average price for lunch: 50-100€
Average price for dinner: 50-100€
Style of cuisine: French, seafood
Special attributes: standout seafood

Reviews of interest

Bruno Verjus (2012) “Fréquenté par quelques palais remarquables, la table de Mr Paul (Minchelli) fait dans le simple. L’excellence des produits, l’ultime du poisson et puis rien d’autre qu’un tour de main et un savoir-faire hors du commun…une table essentielle.”

Figaroscope (2009) “Le hareng cousu main est la référence absolue en la ­matière, les céteaux friture sont dorés et croquants et le généreux lieu jaune à l’aïoli est cuit le plus simplement du monde mais à la seconde près.”

Figaroscope (2007) “…l’ardoise du jour propose habituellement le choix entre seulement trois ou quatre poissons. Bien sûr, cela lui permet de ne travailler chaque jour que les plus beaux spécimens…”

 

Le Relais Gascon

This place is known mainly for its giant, meaty salads.

Practical information

Address: 6 rue des Abbesses, 75018
Nearest transport: Abbesses (12)
Hours: Open every day, all day
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 42 58 58 22
Website
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Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: French – Southwestern
Special attributes: Open Sunday, open Monday, continuous  all-day service
Type of crowd: Tourists, neighborhood locals
Interior: charming & traditional
Atmosphere: bustling

Reviews of interest – coming soon

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Entre Deux Rives via entre2rives.fr

Entre Deux Rives

A slick little dinette offering pho, bo bun and other Vietnamese favorites.

Practical information

Address: 1 rue de Hanovre, 75002
Nearest transport: Quatre-Septembre (3)
Hours: Closed Sunday
Reservations: Reservations not necessary
Telephone: 01 42 66 15 11
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Vietnamese
Special attributes: good for solo dining, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2010)”Not only was the food delicious, but the service was charming and it turned out to be a very good buy to boot.”

Figaroscope (2010) “Difficile de trancher entre la salade de papaye verte (goi du du), les crêpes de riz farcies au porc et champignons (banh cuon), transparentes à force de finesse, et les délicates saucisses de porc à la citronnelle…”

 

 

Les Bistronomes by Barbra Austin

Les Bistronomes

The menu here appears classic enough (barring a salmon tataki), but the presentations are full of surprises.

Practical information

Address: 34 rue de Richelieu, 75001
Nearest transport: Pyramides (7, 14)
Hours: Closed Saturday lunch and all day Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually O.K.
Telephone: 01 42 60 59 66
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: French bistro
Special attributes: open Monday

Trusted reviews

Caroline Mignot (2011) “Nouveau bistrot qui cherche un brin de sophistication…Asperges…avec leur vinaigrette à la truffe qui me donne surtout en bouche un goût de foie gras. Mâche assaisonnée à la même vinaigrette, c’est vif et gourmand, ça se laisse bien déguster…Le café crème à 5 €, on n’apprécie pas et le soir à la carte, ça douille un peu…”

Barbra Austin (2011) “…professionalism is palpable in the welcome, the simple elegance of the room, and on the plate…pâté en croute, and lentils with Morteau sausage, both presented with an elegance that flouted the robustness of these hearty classics.”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “…a superb and stunningly professional new bistro…pâté en croûte with pickled baby vegetables was a deeply flavored slab of ground pork with a knob of foie gras and a chunk of rare duck breast in a beautifully made pastry crust…lentil salad was garnished with smoky slices of Morteau sausage and a nosegay of mesclun almost invisibly enlivened by a mustard-and-red-wine vinaigrette.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2011)  “Pâté en croûte et ses légumes pickles: bon ton. Filet de pigeon rôti en croûte, chou braisé au jus gras: beau travail mais le chou quasi invisible. Mille et une feuilles de banane, flambé au rhum vieux: pas désagréable mais sans liant.” Rating: 2/4 hearts.

John Talbott (2011) “…the scallop soup…did not contain pieces of scallops but rather was a beautifully cuisinarted/mixed/pulverized cream of scallop essence…I had the pied de cochon parmentier…here the pigs’ feet were in a sort of rectangular…the potatoes were not mashed but reduced to almost a cream, most different and delightful.”

Philippe Toinard – A Nous Paris (2011) “Le pied de cochon est effectivement désossé puis recomposé avant d’être entouré d’une crépinette pour être présenté façon andouillette…. remarquable.” Rating: 4/5 dots.

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2011) “…de tout ce qu’on a goûté, il n’y avait rien, absolument rien à jeter. Ni le velouté de butternut superbe, mousseux, légèrement musqué, caressé par une écume de lard fermier et un trait d’huile de pépin de courge ni le poulet des Dombes, son moelleux grandiose qui n’a rien à envier aux volailles de Bresse, sa sauce crémée à l’estragon…”

 

 

Konfidential

Konfidential

There’s no menu at Konfidential, hidden in a 15th century cave below a boutique hotel of the same name, only the whim and skill of chef Akrame Benallal, who has worked for Pierre Gagnaire and Ferran Adria. Konsider yourself warned/informed. UPDATE (April 2011): Chef Benallal has moved on to open Akrame.

Practical information

Address: 64 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001
Nearest transport: Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 53 34 40 40
Website
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Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 50-100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, market-based cooking, no-choice menu, open Monday
Type of crowd: suits, style hounds
Interior: elegant & luxe
Atmosphere: romantic

Reviews of interest

  • Alexander Lobrano (2010) “…our first course–finely sliced scallops in a light seafood bouillon with toasted rice grains…a delicate and very pleasant dish…This was a menu that had been dexterously designed to encourage romance…if you’re shopping a venue for an amusing tete a tete meal with good food, you might like this place…”
  • François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2010) “Un grand talent, caché dans une petite cave…Il n’y a pas grand monde pour faire l’effort de descendre dans cette petite cave aveugle et voûtée pas franchement engageante, avec ses velours beigeasses, ses sets de table dorés, son mobilier néorococo un peu cheap et son feu de cheminée sur écran plat…Akrame Benallal fait l’effet d’un naufragé sur une île déserte qui fait des grands signes face à l’horizon dans l’espoir qu’on le repère.”
  • Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2010) “Il y a quelque chose de gentiment schizo dans cette table qui, à trop se voir planquée (en cave, sous les pierres voûtées d’un petit hôtel boudoir), se cherche une contenance en surjouant des menus surprises un poil fardés…”

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Goumard Paris

Goumard

This historic spot is known for oysters and grand platters of fruits de mer, as well as its classified, Louis Majorelle – designed art deco toilettes.

Practical information

Address: 9 rue Duphot, 75001
Nearest transport: Madeleine (8, 12, 14)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 60 36 07
Website
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Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, brasserie, seafood
Special attributes: standout seafood, late night bites, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday, valet parking
Type of crowd: suits, foodies, neighborhood locals
Interior: elegant & luxe
Atmosphere: formal

Reviews of interest

  • Figaroscope (2009) “Goumard a aménagé au rez-de-chaussée un petit comptoir de ­dégustation d’huîtres (29,10 € les 12 huîtres dont 3 belons n° 3) ouvert en continu de midi à ­minuit… Au menu ? De très belles huîtres plates ou creuses, spéciales ou fines de claire dont les ­remarquables huîtres d’Yvon Madec à Prat-ar-Coum.”
  • Alexander Lobrano (2009) “Gourmard has slimmed down a lot for this new century, and I’d certainly be willing to give it another go for the good value menu, but I couldn’t help but regretting what it once had been…”
  • John Talbott (2009) “I went today with a trusted palated friend and he and I were thoroughly pleased with the all inclusive menu (3 courses, 1/2 btle wine, 1/4 btle water and coffee) for 49 Euros.”

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Bob's Kitchen by Barbra Austin

Bob’s Kitchen

Lunch at Bob’s might include a smoothie green with wheatgrass, a plate-sized pancake, a spicy veggie burger, or a colorful curry. All natural, all organic.

Practical information

Address: 74 rue des Gravilliers, 75003
Nearest transport: Arts et Metiers (3, 11)
Hours: Open every day for breakfast and lunch
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 52 55 11 66
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Health food
Special attributes: decent brunch, vegetarian friendly

Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2010) “Presque entièrement végétarienne (hormis les desserts) et, avouons-le, délicieuse. Les cocktails de fruits minute, les smoothies du jour, les soupes et veggie stew (légumes vapeur relevés d’herbes et d’épices) ont la fraîcheur et la simplicité du fait maison.”

Barbra Austin via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “…there is a veggie burger, served on a whole-wheat English muffin, with three different salads…Those of you who like it raw could order a bol cru, a deep bowl filled with a rotating cast of vegetables and grains of many colors.”

Alexander Lobrano via David Lebovitz (2009) “…resets the dial with delicious dishes like veggie stew, made with quinoa and garnished with eggplant, pumpkin and sweet potato.”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “…des smoothies bien entendu…des salades, un futomaki du jour (rouleau japonais sacrément bien garni et relevé), des muffins, le tout bien vu…”