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Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine

Practical information

Address: Port des Invaldies (right next to the Pont d’Alexandre III), 75007
Nearest transport: Invalides (8, 13, RER C), Champs Elysées-Clemenceau (1)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Saturday noon-2am; Open Sunday noon-9pm
Reservations: Rservations not accepted
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas
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Reviews of Interest

Time Out (2014) “Rosa est un spot parfait pour passer l’été, s’abandonner au soleil sur des coussins moelleux, travailler en wifi à l’ombre des arbres, s’asseoir en groupes à des tables conviviales. Les aficionados du Rosa Bonheur s’attendront à reprendre leurs petites habitudes en achetant des bouteilles de vins (à partir de 19 €), ou des verres à 3,50 €.

The Green Goose

This may just be the white whale of Parisian bars: good homemade food, good craft beer, friendly service, and big enough to gather a crowd without becoming uncomfortably crowded.  Skip the Green Goose beer (a boring Belgian for happy hour purposes only) and discover the range of O’Hara’s on tap or one of the handful of Irish craft bottled beers – no industrial stout here. Settle in with a pint at one of the comfortable barstools or at a long communal table and don’t miss the lovingly prepared food at this excellent Irish gastropub, including Scotch eggs, a fair burger, and a big Sunday brunch. 

Hai Kai

There has been a need for less casual sit-down dining near the Canal Saint Martin and Hai Kai delivers on the food front with a delicate, minimalist menu from chef Amélie Darvas. The room, the clients and the staff are all very pretty, but service is spotty and undermines what is otherwise an elegant but unpretentious restaurant. Still, it’s a good Canal-side option for the fashion crowd.

Catherine Down, March 2014

Pierre Gagnaire

Practical information

Address: 6 rue Balzac, 75008
Nearest transport: George V (1)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 58 36 12 50
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, haute cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Simon Says (2009) “La gastronomie dans ces rares moments s’avère être belle et bonne. Mon meilleur repas de l’année…”

Food Snob (2009) “Random combinations of produce, unusual treatments of products, the introduction of science into cooking…Gagnaire utilises all such practices without prejudice.”

Chez Ptipois (2005) “Si je devais résumer, d’après le dîner d’hier soir, cette cuisine, j’insisterais sur sa délicatesse, sa poésie et sa miraculeuse unité de style.”

Isami

Practical information

Address: 4 quai d’Orléans, 75004
Nearest transport: Pont Marie (7)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Phone: 01 40 46 06 97
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Japanese, sushi

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2013) “Beware: a Joh Sushi Moriawase assortment consisting of 15 pieces of seafood sushi will set you back €35. But freshness and culinary know-how come at a price, and this is a very special restaurant.”

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

Le Figaro (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.”

Maison David

Practical information

Address: 6 rue des Ecouffes, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint Paul (1)
Hours: Closed Saturday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Thursday for lunch, and dinner till 7pm; Open Friday for lunch, and dinner till 5pm; Open Sunday 10am-7pm
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 78 15 76
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Jewish
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2011) “A tiny place, a short plexiglass counter with all sorts of meats and herring and gravlax… 4-5 spots on which to set a piece of coldcut, a glass of wine or a plate….Go? If you’re two, don’t mind standing, chatting and stuffing yourself with great meat – be my guest!”

Photo courtesy of Maison David’s Facebook page

Thoumieux

Practical information

Address: 79 rue St. Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour Maubourg (8)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner; Open Sunday for brunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 05 79 00
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Brasserie
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2016) “Wahid Sylvestre stays steady…”

Figaroscope (2015) “Sylvestre Wahid succède à J.-F. Piège, assure à l’étage «gastronomique» mais cherche encore ses marques au nerf de la brasserie et du rez-de-chaussée entre plats un peu trop distants et tarifs un poil insistants.”

Note: these reviews are from Jean-François Piège’s tenure as chef at Thoumieux

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

Le Figaro (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?”

La Régalade Conservatoire

Chef Bruno Doucet took over La Régalade (now closed) from his boss Yves Camdeborde in 2004, then added La Régalade Saint Honoré in 2010. This location, part of a new boutique hotel designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, opened in February 2013 and is serving classic Doucet bistro fare like house-made terrine, pork belly with lentils, sea bream with fennel, rice pudding, and a Grand Marnier soufflé.

Fogón

Practical information

Address: 45 quai des Grands Augustins, 75006
Nearest transport: St. Michel (4, RER B, C)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 54 31 33
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Spanish
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2011) “Le bon plan ici, c’est de choisir le menu qui associe quelques tapas, haute couture et toujours surprenants, et la fameuse paella. Notre recette préférée : celle aux petits légumes et au jambon ibérique. Réservation indispensable.”

Simon Says (2009) “Une des adresses d’inspiration espagnole parmi les plus copiées de Paris.”

Photo courtesy of Fogon’s Facebook page

Chez L’Ami Jean

Chez l'Ami Jean is a convivial bistro just steps from the Eiffel Tower. Known for its copious, Basque-inspired fare and brash, boisterous ambiance, this restaurant offers both à la carte options and a 78-euro "carte blanche" menu, created each day by Chef Stéphane Jégo. Whichever you choose, try (and yes, it'll be a feat) to save room for the house special rice pudding. Served in a generous bowl with nougatine and caramel, it's become such a fan favorite Jégo can't take it off the menu.

Toyo

Practical information

Address: 17 rue Jules-Chaplain, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday for dinner only; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 43 54 28 03
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Japanese & sushi, Fusion
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Reviews of interest

Time Out (2013) “Just next door to the Poissonnerie du Dôme, often cited as the best fishmonger in Paris, Toyo has great ingredients (plus meat from Hugo Desnoyer and vegetables from Joël Thiébault).”

Patricia Wells (2011) “The streamlined 35 and 45 euro lunch menus offer just enough choices…He offers tiny rectangles of perfectly cooked merlan (whiting) showered with flakes of salty bottarga (dried, salted mullet or cod)   set upon a bed of giant cepe mushrooms…”

Le Figaro (2010) “Sept séquences pour un menu se faufilant dans les saveurs les plus subtiles…L’ensemble fonctionne avec une rare précision.”

L’Express (2010) “…dans l’épure claire de ce vestibule blanc et bois, au comptoir de préférence, pour la vue dégagée sur les manoeuvres virevoltantes d’une brigade en plein coup de feu…”

Food Intelligence (2010) “…la qualité et la précision des grandes tables Tokyoîtes pour une cuisine d’inspiration plutôt française.”

Le Figaro (2010) “Une gastronomie émotionnelle, précise…Fragile comme dentelle sur kimono.”

Photo courtesy of Patricia Wells

Gaya

Address: 6, rue de Saint-Simon, 75007 Paris
Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Telephone: +33 (0)1 45 44 73 73
Online Booking / Website / Facebook / Instagram

This elegant establishment devoted to fish and seafood replaces Pierre Gagnaire’s previous restaurant on the nearby rue du Bac.

In Other Words

The reviews below pertain to the previous incarnation of this restaurant on rue du Bac.

Atabula (2014) “Il y a le nom de Pierre Gagnaire qui résonne un petit partout dans le monde et il y a celui de Nicolas Fontaine qui ne déborde pas trop des jolis murs du restaurant Gaya Rive Gauche. Tant mieux… il délivre une partition culinaire plaisante, riche en goût et en émotion. Moins complexe que celle réalisée dans la maison mère de la rue de Balzac, la cuisine de Gaya propose néanmoins ce même peps à la «Gagnaire» qui fait que chaque plat peut surprendre mais sans dérouter. Ici, la cuisine y est plus sécurisante, sans sortie de route possible.”

Apicius

Practical information

Address: 20 rue d’Artois, 75008
Nearest transport: Saint Philippe du Roule (9)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 43 80 19 66
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, haute cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) “Formidable potato-caviar charlotte; grilled half-lobster tail on a ginger carpaccio in an unprecedented alliance; languorous steamed John Dory on a bed of whole chanterelles; exceptional squab breast stuffed with foie gras; and a killer chocolate soufflé, whose cooking was interrupted when whipped cream was inserted into its center, the edges crispy and the interior half-moussey, half-melting.”

Le Figaro (2010) “Jean-Pierre Vigato y mélange avec justesse produits nobles et roturiers (sa tête de veau fait courir les fadas d’abats), sur fond de haute tech nicité…”

Food Snob (2009) “The food could not be faulted for its execution or flavour with good ingredients used simply and effectively. What stood out was the distinct taste that each element of a dish had, as did the superb soups that supplemented some of the courses – I can see why this was a theme as these are clearly a strength of the kitchen’s. Vigato’s cooking is noted for the juxtaposition of bistro and haute cuisine traditions…”

 Photo courtesy of Apicius’ website

Laurent

Practical information

Address: 41 avenue Gabriel, 75008
Nearest transport: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (1, 13)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 25 00 39
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Website

Reviews of interest

Chroniques du Plaisir (2010) “La bonne nouvelle, côté assiettes, c’est aussi qu’ici on « cuisine ». Si la cuisine d’assemblage, même fort bien faite vous lasse, vous trouverez ici le plaisir de goûter des plats dont on connaît la complexité de réalisation.”

Bob’s Juice Bar

Practical information

Address: 15 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast & lunch
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 50 06 36 18
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soups/salads/sandwiches, vegetarian, healthy eating
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2015) “Dans la cabane boisée-carrelée du pape brooklynite de la healthy food, Marc Grossman… on se signe au jus pressé à froid Bob Cold Press, centrifugé (pomme-carotte-betterave-gingembre) ou mixé (banane-mangue-fraise, de 4 à 6,50€), avant de partager un top rouleau de futomaki fourré de riz complet, avocat, mangue, concombre et ciboulette, relevé d’une pointe de wasabi.”

Le Figaro (2014) “À l’heure des ambiances zen et épurées, elle est certes conviviale mais un peu datée avec son côté dépareillé et gentiment bric-à-brac.”

Le Figaro (2006) “… une série de jus, soupes, smoothies et autres «junkeries» simples, sincères et mieux que saines.”

Macéo

Practical information

Address: 15 rue des Petits-Champs, 75001
Nearest transport: Pyramides (7, 14), Bourse (3)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 97 53 85
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: modern French
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Reviews of interest

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

Photo courtesy of Macéo’s Facebook Page

L’Ambroisie

Practical Information

Address: 9 place des Vosges, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint-Paul (1), Chemin Vert (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 42 78 51 45
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, haute cuisine
Website

Reviews of interest

Bruno Verjus (2012) “J’admire Bernard Pacaud pour son obsession de la qualité, son exigence dans le choix des fournisseurs et des produits qui honorent la haute cuisine française. À l’Ambroisie l’on croise, pour le service et pour les mets, tradition et élégance, classicisme et modernité. ”

A Life Worth Eating (2010) “I am now certain that this is the finest French restaurant in the world.  The indulgent menu, which is updated once per season, consists of only a handful of dishes.  There are no weak choices on the menu, ever.  Every dish is a speciality.  The menu reads very straightforward, each dish described in a single line with all its ingredients listed. There is no tasting menu.  There is no lunch discount.  There are no exceptions.”

Food Snob (2009) “On the one hand, I was pretty sure I had eaten some of the most brilliant food of my life. On the other, I was not sure how much I had enjoyed it.”

The Financial Times (2007) “There was something sanctuary-like about L’Ambroisie – a solemn splendor that imposed quiet reflection on all who entered. This was not a restaurant for people who want a circus with their meal. It is a place best enjoyed by those who are truly, obsessively serious about food, because the food is pretty much the whole of the experience. That said, it is food that deserves to be worshipped.”

La Rotonde

Practical information

Address: 105 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4)
Hours: Open every day 6am-2am
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 43 26 48 26
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “Served with charm and a deep professional knowledge of proper table service, this meal was the kind of feed upon which the good reputation of French cooking was originally constructed, because what this food says is that you can eat well even when you’re not interested in making a fuss about it or spending too much money.”

The New York Times (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.”

Photo courtesy of La Rotonde Montparnasse’s Facebook page

La Dame de Pic

Practical information

Address: 20 rue du Louvre, 75001
Nearest transport: Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: open every day
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 42 60 40 40
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: contemporary tasting menu
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Reviews of interest

Table à Découvert (2013) “Le vacherin au parfum de rose, de riz, de gingembre et de thé sencha. Si j’ai retrouvé avec plaisir tous les textures du vacherin (glacée, fondante, craquante), la délicatesse des notes était tellement poussée qu’elle m’a fait passer un peu à côté des parfums. Comme un parfum très, très léger qui se sent à peine sur la peau. Si je devais rester dans la métaphore du parfum, je dirais qu’il n’était pas assez capiteux à mon goût.”

Patricia Wells (2012) “Anne-Sophie Pic’s week-old La Dame de Pic near the Louvre is the sensation of the rentrée… She sports her feminine role, but does not flaunt it or play it cute. Ingredients are impeccable, preparations are complicated but not overdone, and the taste theme throughout is one of  softness and smoothness with a required touch of crunch. I would never think of pairing warm oysters with cauliflower, but Anne-Sophie offers a regal, cloud-like presentation of warm Gillardeau oysters bathed in a frank and fragrant cream of cauliflower and jasmine, surprising as well as satisfying.”

L’Express (2012) “Le plus: Le service, rebondissant. Le moins: Le “classement” olfactif des différents menus (“vanille ambrée”, “iode et fleurs”…) pas très convaincant, et les languettes à renifler comme dans une boutique de parfums gadgets.”

Ito

Practical information

Address: 4 rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009
Nearest transport: Pigalle (2,12), Saint-Georges (12)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday from 8pm-1am
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 09 52 91 23 00
E-mail: reservation@itoeats.fr
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Japanese & sushi; small plates & tapas
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Reviews of interest

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2014) “A

n innocuous wine list, poor décor, or timid, business-plan cuisine, what marred the meal at Ito was a particularly bad case of the poor communication endemic to the service-client relationship in France. Ito’s menu, for instance, is a model of confusion.” 

Caillebotte

Practical information

Address: 8 rue Hippolyte-Lebas, 75009
Nearest transport: Saint-Georges (12), Notre-Dame-de-Lorette (12), Cadet (7)
Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 53 20 88 70
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€ or 40-59€, depending on which menu you choose
Style of cuisine: Modern French

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2014) “Never measured up to the excellence of Le Pantruche… artful modern French bistro cooking in the heart of Paris… this dining room says so much about how affluent Parisians like to eat today and the crowd offers a perfect tableau of the neighborhood. One way or another, it’s nice to have another first-rate and fairly priced local.”

David Lebovitz (2014) “The menu du jour (€19 at lunch), which included a choice of any of the first courses from the menu, and the main course of the day, which was leg of lamb with a hazelnut crust” and is interested in “coming back and having a full-on meal here. It’s €35 for three courses and I can’t forget to mention that the staff could not have been nicer. It’s great to see the younger generation of French sincerely interested in providing good, helpful, professional service without a hint of pretension or exasperation.”

Le Figaro (2013) “Soupe de betterave, chèvre frais aux œufs de poisson: caressante. Pavé de cabillaud, purée de pois chiches: d’une saine vivacité. Ganache au chocolat et glace à la brioche perdue: très attachant!”

L’Express (2013) “Épatant ping-pong terre-mer entre de gros copeaux d’un foie gras poché dans un bouillon de poule et un tartare duveteux de langoustines du Guilvinec, le tout frotté à une bisque impeccablement corsée et à une mousse d’oseille tonique; splendides saint-jacques d’Erquy, colorées en surface, nacrées à coeur, dialoguant avec la verdeur poivrée d’une mousseline de cresson et l’acidité caressante d’un beurre mousseux au citron.”

Table à Découvert (2013) “Prix raisonnables, qualité de la cuisine irréprochable, vraiment, si je cherche la petite bête, je ne trouve pas.”

Time Out (2013) “Diners will find everything on the plate that made them fall for Le Pantruche in the first place: well-thought-out dishes, inventive without overdoing it, pitch-perfect execution inherited from the best kitchens (many of the team trained at the three-Michelin-starred Le Bristol, under Eric Fréchon), and an instinct to feed generously that never loses out to culinary posturing.”

L’Ecume Saint-Honoré

Practical information

Address: 6 rue du Marché St.-Honoré, 75001
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1), Pyramides (7, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Thursday from 11am-7pm & Friday-Saturday from 11am-10pm
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 61 93 87
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Seafood, oysters & shellfish
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2011) “Lorsque l’Écume Saint-Honoré, l’un des meilleurs poissonniers de la capitale, se dote d’un espace dégustation, cela donne ce bar à coquillages pour avaler six huîtres sur le pouce, de rares pouces-pieds ou un saumon fumé, le tout accompagné de cris de mouette en fond sonore. Rafraîchissant.”

Les Fables de la Fontaine

Practical information

Address: 131 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: École Militaire (8), Pont de l’Alma (RER C)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 44 18 37 55
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French,
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Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “… cooking that’s as vivid, joyous and inventive as Julia Sedefdjian’s served in a lively dining room where everyone was clearly having a great time. One way or another, the inspired and very hard working Sedefidjian is very much a young chef to sample, savour, sample again and keep an eye on.”

John Talbott (2015) “About as good a meal as one can get around here…”

Patricia Wells (2011) “Sébastien Gravé and David Bottreau have… created a one-of-a-kind fish restaurant with a true personality. And you’ll feel as though you’ve hit the jackpot if you arrive on a warm, sunny day and dine on the compact terrace facing the fountain on Rue Saint-Dominique… Modern, refreshing, satisfying.”

Figaroscope (2009) “…tous sont préparés avec un indéniable talent. Goûtez par exemple à l’épais dos de turbot meunière servi avec des supions en persillade et une mousse de persil ou à ce formidable tartare de saint-jacques et saumon au curry rouge, parfumé et pointu.”

Photo via Edsel L.’s flickr

Jaja

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, 75004
Nearest transport: Hotel de Ville (1, 11), Saint Paul (1)
Hours: Open every day for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 74 71 52
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2011) “She had what was advertised as a wok’d chicken…  with a timbale of rice (we both thought this was really boring) and I had a croustillante of pigs’ feet that was beyond boring. Summary: none of us finished our portions.”

Table à Découvert (2011) “Avec l’intéressante formule déjeuner et les prix à la carte, je ne remets pas en cause les tarifs, mais simplement le contenu de l’assiette, peut-être aurait-il fallu s’en tenir au registre purement bistrotier? Vous savez qu’ici, je ne parle jamais ou presque des adresses qui m’ont déplu, si je parle de celle-ci, c’est parce-qu’elle m’a déçu.”

Les Grands Ducs (2011) “Quant au décor, au design soigné et chaleureux, on s’y sent bien, attendant avec impatience l’arrivée des beaux jours et la vie en plein air sur la terrasse de bois. Si on ajoute le service, juvénile aux petits oignons, et un menu déjeuner à 21€, vous conviendrez avec moi que cette adresse ne manque pas de charme, loin de là. Alors, excusez-moi, j’y retourne!”

Le Figaro 2011) “… une cave de première, militant les traverses de la vigne nature, les références classiques et les étiquettes classieuses… Crème de châtaignes, émulsion de lard fumé et poitrine crispy… Galette croustillante de pied de cochon, mesclun… Saint-marcellin plutôt que dessert…”

Garnier

Practical information

Address: 111 rue St. Lazare, 75008
Nearest transport: Saint-Lazare (3, 12, 13)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 43 87 50 40
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, oysters/shellfish, seafood

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2012) “Some loyal patrons never get beyond the oyster bar or the fresh shellfish buffet, while others reliably order the lobster from the tank or salad with balsamic vinegar and lightly spice d tomato sauce, or the pan-fried Dover sole, and others go off-piste onto the excellent meat menu with herb-crusted rack of lamb. Excellent wines and desserts and sprightly, professional service.”

John Talbott (2011) “Colette had the rougets with a copperpot full of caviar d’aubergines, P. had daurade (by far the biggest piece, but I’m not jealous, oh no) with carrots, and I had the third fish on the “menu” – the rascasse on-top a bed of mangetouts; all were indeed worth writing home about…”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “… reliably serves some of the best oysters in Paris.”

Les Pâtes Vivantes

Practical information

Address: 46 rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, 75009
Nearest transport: Le Peletier (7)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 45 23 10 21
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Chinese
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Additional location

Address: 3 rue de Turbigo, 75001
Nearest transport: Étienne Marcel (4)
Hours:  Open every day for lunch and dinner
Telephone: 01 40 13 08 04

Reviews of interest

Table à Découvert (2013) “Tout est mélangé et se déguste avec envie. Sauce un peu sucrée, mais surtout bien serrée, petits morceaux de porc confit délicieux, nouilles irrégulières dans la forme et si bonnes, coriandre, ciboule, céleri, carotte, concombre, le bonheur pour 9,50 €!”

Patricia Wells (2011) “The satisfying and amazingly long, alabaster handpulled noodles are prepared right in front of  you…we headed straight for the heat, their spicy “crevettes touchant la ciel,” a giant bowl of  soothing wheat noodles teamed up with squares of soft tofu, Chinese cabbage, shrimp in the shell, and plenty of Sichwan peppercorns…I was in seventh heaven!”

Alexander Lobrano (2008) “This little cubby hole of a place where a cheerful Chinese lady spins fresh noodles from long coiled wands of dough all day long is a charming spot that’s become a big hit with everyone…My lunch menu include a small salad, two grilled ravioli, and a generous spool of fresh noodles in delicious, flavorful bouillon garnished with fresh coriander, thin slices of beef, bean sprouts, tofu, chili paste and an errant vegetable or two…”

David Lebovitz (2008) “Not only is Les Pâtes Vivantes not expensive, but a bowl of their handmade noodles in soup, or stir-fried with beef, tofu, and chili pepper, is pretty satisfying…”

François Simon (2008) “Des “pates vivantes”, c’est à dire étirées à la main devant vous. C’est tout petit, donné (9,90€ le large bol au boeuf) et sincèrement dans les buées de cuisson…”

Les Cocottes

Practical information

Address: 135 rue St. Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: École Militaire (8), Pont le l’Alma (RER C)
Hours: Open every day, 12pm-11pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: no phone
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Website   

Additional Locations

Address2 avenue Bertie Allbrecht, 75008
Nearest transport: Ternes (2)
Hours:  Open every day, 12pm-11pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone:  01 53 89 50 53
Website

Reviews of interest

Reviews from the 75008 location

John Talbott (2015) “Nothing like the Mothership except for great food.”

Reviews from the original location

Time Out (2012) “Christian Constant has found the perfect recipe for pleasing Parisians at his new bistro: a flexible menu of salads, soups, verrines (light dishes served in jars) and cocottes (served in cast-iron pots), all at bargain prices – for this neighbourhood.”

David Lebovitz (2010) “…the hearty food served in Staub casseroles is worth the wait.”

Le Figaro (2010) “Savoureuses pommes de terre caramélisées, farcies au pied de porc, fricassée de volaille aux olives et citron confit, jeunes légumes du moment cuisinés en cocotte… Ultrafrais, ultrabon.”

David Lebovitz (2009) “Les Cocottes sits on a pretty prestigious piece of land, in the seventh arrondissement, not known for good-value restaurants…But Les Cocottes is a good value, and what makes it even better, the food is worth every centime.”

John Talbott (2007) “I started with a cold ptipois soup with strip of spicy salty chorizo and crème fraiche, then going on to the pigeon with big peas and delicious greens and scallions, finishing with a waffle with Chantilly and salty caramel. The meal was just as advertised, simple, honest and made from good products. It ain’t starred cooking nor is it meant to be…”