Wild Game Sightings in Paris Restaurants

Greg Marchand with biche (swiped from his Facebook page)
Greg Marchand with his biche (swiped from his Facebook page)

After reading our Glossary to Wild Game, you’re now ready to do a little hunting of your own. But where to find the animals in Paris?

Biche (doe, young female deer)

Canard sauvage (wild duck)

Cerf (stag, older male deer)

Chevreuil (fallow deer)

Colvert (wild duck)

  • “Façon hiver” in a bouillon de gibier at Chez l’Ami Jean  -via Facebook  in 2013
  • Served in a tourte with Scottish grouse at Les Ambassadeurs  -via Meg Zimbeck in 2010
  • In a terrine with foie gras at Le Dauphin – via Barbra Austin via Flickr in 2010
  • Roasted with wild mushrooms at Le Bistrot des Soupirs – via Croque Camille in 2010
  • With girolle mushrooms at Miroir – via Clotilde Dusoulier via Flickr in 2008
  • Served with quince at La Cerisaie – via Barbra Austin’s Flickr in 2009

Faisan (pheasant)


Lièvre (hare)

Marcassin (wild young boar)

  • Mijoté au Vin d’ Oc with foie gras shavings at L’Auberge du 15 – via Meg Zimbeck in 2013

Palombe (wood pigeon)

Perdrix, perdreau (partridge)

  • With cuisses confites and a hash of Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chestnuts at Le Cornichon – via Meg Zimbeck in 2013
  • Roasted in Armagnac at L’Auberge du 15 – via Meg Zimbeck in 2013
  • Breast roasted, legs in confit, with sweet potato mousse & bok choy at FL – via Simon Says! in 2011
  • “So overcooked as to be bordering on the shameful” at Cobea -via John Talbott’s Paris in 2011
  • Served with cabbage and brussel sprouts at Les Ambassadeurs – via Meg Zimbeck’s Flickr in 2010
  • Roasted with cabbage at Philou – via Meg Zimbeck’s Flickr in 2010

Sanglier (wild boar)

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4 Comments on Wild Game Sightings in Paris Restaurants

  1. Meg is of course correct, although things are complicated by several factors:
    1. As one website says “La chasse à tir dure donc 6 mois (de septembre à février), mais le tir peut en fait se pratiquer 10 mois par an !” http://www.roc.asso.fr/chasse-france/periode-chasse-france.html
    2. The opening and closing of the season(s) progresses from South (Corsica) to North over this period.
    3. The earliest game on my street appears just after le rentree, it being Scots grouse, thus dirty little secret #1 is that not all game is from France.
    4. The latest game I’ve had is the famous biche at the Biche au Bois, in January-February, leading one to suppose that dirty little secret #2 is that some is stored away and/or frozen, maybe even by the evil Dudes at Metro.
    5. And, dirty little secret #3 is, how shall I put it, that not all game is gamely gotten, that is, it’s not shot by some tough Jean Gabin type guy in the isolated mountains but by some rich opportunist or just some poor working slob trying to eek out a living shooting stuff in enclosed areas or for all I know, in cages (not mine or my father’s way, but….)
    6. Finally, to help others, interested in minutae, our Minister of/for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing (which covers hunting/Chasse), Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a distant relative of one of our saviours, General Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Ko?ciuszko, for whom the Brooklyn-Queens Bridge was named, publishes each year a list of hunting periods at http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/-La-chasse-.html

  2. Hi Dawn,

    The availability of game in Paris restaurants depends in large part on the season(s) for authorized hunting in France. As far as I can tell, the official end of hunting season in most départements (geographic areas) is January 31, although some animals have shorter seasons. In general, the birds and the bunny (lièvre) will be finished by early to mid-December, although it’s possible you may still see some faisan (pheasant) in mid-January. The game you’ll most likely see at that time will be sanglier (wild boar) and cerf, chevreuil & daim (various deer).

    Have a great trip!

  3. My husband LOVES wild game…I have been torturing him with your website for weeks now. We are thinking of making a surprise trip to Paris in mid January. Can anyone here let me know if there will still be game on the menu anywhere, and if so, what? Thanks!

  4. Thanks for posting!

    I absolutely love game season in France – it’s what separates us from them. Unfortunately for us (in North America) we have somehow lost our connection to the seasons and to the bounty of wild game to be enjoyed.

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