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Sola by Barbra Austin

Sola

A refined Franco-Japanese address from the owners of Youlin.

An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 12 rue de l’Hôtel Colbert, 75005
Nearest transport: Maubert-Mutualité (10)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 29 59 04
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: Fusion
Special attributes: prix-fixe

Reviews of interest

Bruno Verjus (2011) “…il y a du Ryokan dans cette ancienne auberge…Les mets fascinent par leur sobriété. Harmonie des goûts, respect des légumes jusqu’à leurs racines…”

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “…une expérience à tenter pour le plaisir, qui vous laisse tournoyant d’émotion douce et de réflexion sereine…”

Caroline Mignot (2011) “Au premier abord, j’ai un peu peur de la diversité de goûts et de la multiplicité des éléments, mais le plat s’en tire bien au final, léger, délicat et corsé par moment…pas de fusion, pas d’accent japonais forcé, mais une cuisine délicate, gourmande et à bon prix le midi.”

John Talbott (2011) “the ladies had pieces of merlan, radishes, potatoes, baby scallions, on a bed of garlic and covered with an emulsion of emulsion, and the men had slices of beautiful entrecote with Japanese mushrooms, other veggies and potatoes with a wasabi sauce.  Great both!”

John Talbott (2011) “…a cauliflower soup…delightful, light, indeed etherial…foie gras with miso (ah ha, the Japanese touch) and…shaved navets…the best meal of 2011 so far.”

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2011) “Une conjugaison saint-jacques-navets calme, gracile, parfaite dans son épure…Un accord Seiche-chou chinois piquée d’une moutarde maison. Scotchant.”

François Simon (2011) “La formule du déjeuner à 35 euros est exemplaire avec des plats raffinés, d’une précision impressionnante témoin cette entrée de calamars avec feuille de chou chinois…”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2010) “…l’adresse ménage les savants suspenses de menus ciselés par un ­certain Yoshitake, habile à « nipponiser » saint-jacques grillées sur purée de potiron en émulsion de curry, caneton figues et coulis de betteraves, barbue et tomate. Où commence la cuisine de France, où finit celle d’Archipel ?”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2010) “Légumes verts sur œuf mollet, émulsion de verdure : de haute définition. Caneton, figues en coulis et betteraves : limpide. Crème chocolat, glace vanille, noisette caramélisée et nougat au soja : mignard.”

 

 

 

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Photo by Gustavo Devito via Flickr

Eating & Drinking the Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter gets a bad rap from those who only know the tourist-clogged rues de la Huchette or Pot de Fer. If you haven’t been back in a few years, you’ve missed the food and wine renaissance that’s taken place amid the Roman and Medieval monuments.

Best for Breakfast or Afternoon Coffee

Eric Kayser baguettes

Eric Kayser – his original bakery can be found at 8 rue Monge (closed Tuesday). A few doors south at #14 is another outpost with bar seating and tables outside – a better option if you’d like to stay and have coffee with your croissant. They sell sandwiches at lunchtime, too. Closed Monday.

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Coutume Instituutti – coffee and other beverages in a bright and airy space with reliable wifi. A few Scandi-inspired nibbles (it’s inside the Finnish institute) are served for breakfast and lunch. Closed Monday.

sugarplum cake shop

Sugarplum Cake Shop – carrot cake and other American sweets, along with refillable drip coffee from Café Lomi and sometimes-working wifi. Open 12-7pm (afternoon only) Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

Best for Lunch

Café Le Papillon – this one is a dive, but has great charm. It has for years been the cheap lunch spot of choice for many of the merchants who work on the rue Mouffetard. The only change in recent times has been the addition of a framed photo of Joel Robuchon and Eric Ripert dining here during filming for an episode for Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations (video above).

Terroir Parisien

Terroir Parisien – dinner is also great, but you can’t beat this place for the price/quality/efficiency ratio at lunch. Get in and out with a plat du jour or haute croque monsieur without needing a reservation or  two hours to devote to lunch. Open every day.

Best for Apéro

Brewberry

Brewberry – beer fans will want to pay a visit this haven where Cécile Delorme sells hundreds of different brews, ranging from traditional Belgian to cult Norwegian. A rotating selection is stocked cold for immediate consumption, and there are a few tables outside for sipping on the sidewalk. Closed Monday.

Café de la Nouvelle Mairie – this feel-good bistro is also worth a visit for lunch or dinner (or breakfast, for that matter – they open at 8am), but it is hands down our favorite spot in the ‘hood for apéro. Owner Benjamin Forty is a great fan of natural wine, and his list will please novices and industry types alike. Plenty of options at this hour for nibbling from their long list of charcuterie, cheese and other snack options. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Maison Claudel

Maison Claudel Vin et Whisky – this neighborhood newcomer is both a shop and tasting space for their dual obsessions, wine and whiskey. The shop sells 300 references for each, and those who want to sip on the spot can choose between 24 wines and 80 whiskeys by the glass. Leather club chairs and a selection of small bites make this a great stop before dinner. Closed Monday.

Best for Dinner

Dans les Landes

Dans les Landes – small plates from the Landes and Basque regions with well-priced wine and plenty of seating for larger groups. A few tables on the terrasse if the weather is nice. Open every day. Note: Julien Duboué sold Dans les Landes in July 2014 to open a new place near the Bourse. We haven’t yet returned to try it under the new management. 

Les Papilles

Les Papilles – over by the Luxembourg Gardens, this is a popular spot for those who want to drink great wine at caviste prices and share simple family-style cooking. Closed Sunday and Monday.

sola

Sola – a special place near Notre Dame that marries French and Japanese influences. Topped many critics’ lists when it opened in 2010, and they accept bookings online. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Best for Cocktails

curio parlour

Curio Parlour – a tiny cave filled with dead animals and intricate cocktails, from the team behind Experimental Cocktail Club.

Exceptional Shops

For Cheese

Androuet

Androuet – the rue Mouffetard location of this historic maison is by far the best of four fromageries on a small stretch of street. Managed by the bearded and knowledgable Guillaume, who speaks good English if you’re struggling with your cheese vocab. Special mention for their tunnel-aged Bethmale du chèvre and (in Spring) their selection of young, fresh goats’ cheeses, including Le Bambois. Closed Monday.

laurent dubois

Laurent Dubois – one of the most expensive and exceptional cheese shops in the city, which is what we’d expect from a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF). Special mention for their long-aged Comté, the Camembert stuffed with Calvodos-soaked apples and marscapone, and their boundary-pushing exceptionally long aging of cheeses like Fourme d’Ambert, Charolais, and Sainte-Maure de Touraine. Closed Monday.

For Chocolate

Mococha

Mococha – chocolate fanatic Marie-Hélène Gantois is selling the creations from not one but three master chocolatiers, including Fabrice Gillot (an MOF from Dijon), Jacques Bellanger (an MOF from Le Mans) and Patrice Chapon (who twice won the prize for the best chocolate in Paris). You can fill a box with chocolates from all three if you want, or take a sachet to nibble on the go. Follow her on Facebook to keep up with her wonderful schedule of seminars, ateliers and tastings. Closed Monday.

Let me help you with that, Franck.

Franck Kestener – it doesn’t hurt that he’s young and handsome, but that’s not why we’re in love with this shop from the Lorraine-based MOF chocolatier Franck Kestener. No, the primary reason is his L’Atlantique bar with its buttery sablé base, bitter dark chocolate and salty caramel. There are plenty of other bonbons to love, but don’t leave without buying this bar. Open every day.

For Pastry

Gregory Renard

Gregory Rénard – this small shop near the Censier-Daubenton metro might not look like much from the outside, but this is my underdog favorite for macarons in Paris. His version of caramel beurre salé is extra salé and, to my taste, the best in the city. Salt lovers will also like the chocolat-fleur de sel. Be sure to also taste the punchy cassis-violette and the weirdo groseille-coquelicot (gooseberry poppy flower). Prices are so low (one euro a piece) that you don’t need to hold back. Closed Sunday.

carl marletti

Carl Marletti – if you can get past his exuberant use of decorative silver leaf, Carl Marletti makes very good pastries. Closed Monday.

For Wine

fontaine aux vin

La Fontaine aux Vins – hand-written signs, small production growers’ wines, and a wonderfully sweet staff to advise you – this is the only wine shop on the rue Mouffetard that’s worth your time. Closed Monday.

Caves du Panthéon – an impressive selection near the Panthéon and Café de la Nouvelle Mairie. Closed Sunday.

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Lead photo by Gustavo Devito via Flickr

 

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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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Kei (photo restaurant)

The 2012 Michelin Guide awards for Paris restaurants

Shang Palace by Sophie Brissaud

1-star laquered duck at Shang Palace (photo Sophie Brissaud)

L'Abeille (photo restaurant)

The newly 2-starred L'Abeille (photo courtesy restaurant)

Sur-Mesure-by-Chrisos

The newly 2-starred Sur Mesure (photo: Chrisos)

Akrame

The newly 1-starred Akrame (photo via restaurant Facebook)

Kei (photo restaurant)

The newly 1-starred Kei (photo courtesy restaurant)

Sola (photo Barbra Austin)

The newly 1-starred Sola (photo Barbra Austin)

Le 39V (photo Barbra Austin)

The newly 1-starred Le 39V (photo Barbra Austin)

Les-Tablettes

The newly 1-starred Les Tablettes (photo courtesy restaurant)

Shang Palace by Sophie BrissaudL'Abeille (photo restaurant)Sur-Mesure-by-ChrisosAkrameKei (photo restaurant)Sola (photo Barbra Austin)Le 39V (photo Barbra Austin)Les-Tablettes

The Michelin Guide has just released its 2012 designations. Here’s a quick summary, for those who care.

Le Cinq, which was rumored last year to be a contender for a third star, was passed over once again. Guy Martin was stripped of his single star, awarded only last year, for Sensing. A deepening love for Asian cuisines is clearly visible in the promotion of KeiSolaShang Palace and (indirectly) Sur Mesure.

Newly 3-starred

  • None in Paris

Newly 2-starred

Newly 1-starred

Newly naked: stripped of star

  • Fogón
  • Jacques Cagna
  • Sensing by Guy Martin
  • L’Angle du Faubourg
  • Le Passiflore
  • La Table du Baltimore

For those who hold these ratings dear, did you know that you can use our handy search widget (in the sidebar at right) to find restaurants based on their number of Michelin stars? We’ve updated our tags to reflect the 2012 designations, and you can filter these by neighborhood and when they’re open.

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