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Restaurant Sylvestre

Practical information

Address: 79 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour-Maubourg (8), Invalides (8, 13, RER C)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Thursday & Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone01 47 05 79 00
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2016) “Venu de Courchevel, Sylvestre Wahid succède à Piège du côté de chez Thoumieux, manœuvre la berline de brasserie du rez-de-chaussée et ordonne, à l’étage, une gastronomie de force tranquille, sans esbroufe, d’un chic foncier, appliquée au saisonnier, consciencieuse à disposer en menu dédié (chair, mer, végétal) une cuisine renouant avec la générosité et ce vieux mot que l’on croyait usé: la gourmandise.”

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L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer

Practical information

Address: 3 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Open every day for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 38 47 55
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Seafood & oysters, small plates

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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2016) “Poissons, coquillages, crustacés mijotés, marinés, tartinés où Saint-Jean-de-Luz croise le yuzu, la Sardaigne surfe à deux plats du Cap Ferret et l’huître Bloody Mary partage son roulis avec les bulots en mayo wasabi. Il y a du Tokyo et du parigot dans ce grand plongeon. Un océan planqué derrière le bar.”

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Jones

Practical information

Address: 43 rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011
Nearest transport: Voltaire (9)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-12am
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 09 80 75 32 08
E-mail: jonescaferestaurant@gmail.com
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Small plates
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Reviews of interest

Paris Bouge (2016) “Seul changement à l’horizon: l’australien chef-star James Henry plie bagage et passe sa toque à Florent Ciccoli, qu’il côtoie déjà son époque Au Passage. Jones garde tout de son cachet légèrement rock’n’roll: le vin nature encanaille les tablées désinvoltes, la lumière tamisée fait subsister un certain mystère, l’ambiance sonore atteint une intensité inattendue, et l’assiette, elle, s’est assagie mais préserve tout son mordant.”

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Baton Rouge

Bayou-themed Baton Rouge is a high-end dive that’s strategically manufactured, but still thoroughly enjoyable. It’s rowdy, rollicking good fun; the tone is set by the twangy soundtrack and good-natured staff, who set down a bowl of peanuts immediately upon your arrival and actively encourage you to throw your shells on the floor.

The atmosphere, ripe with plastic alligators, could potentially feel silly, but it’s saved by the cocktails which are anything but. Partners Joseph Biolatto of Le Forum and Julien Escot of noted bar Papa Doble in Montpellier have curated a mixture of pricey bottle-aged cocktails, unusual (for Paris) milk punches, classic American highballs, a variety of old-fashioneds, a cherry-tinged take on New Orleans staple the sazerac, and an original Baton Rouge creation of cognac, absinthe, and vermouth topped with champagne. The cheeky presentation features red Solo cups garnished with paper umbrellas for true American frat party style, or a stroop waffle on top of a bottle for a milk punch.

It’s interesting to see a Parisian bar delve into regionally specific American comfort foods such as shrimp poboys, muffaletta sandwiches and BBQ ribs.  While I wouldn’t exactly call the po boy authentic, as that would require the shrimp to be deep-fried and served on an actual hoagie roll, it was tastier than a hot mayonnaise sandwich with a few seared shrimp has any right to be. It’s sloppy, fun, drunk food that didn’t cost a fortune and although not perfect, it does the trick to sop up all the sazeracs.

Catherine Down, January 2016

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Biondi

Practical information

Address: 118 rue Amelot, 75011
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8), Oberkampf (5, 9)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a couple days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 00 90 18
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Argentinean
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Reviews of interest

Paris Bouge (2016) “De la côte de bœuf à partager pour deux, ris de veau ou Saint-Jacques jusqu’au duo langoustine et pomme de terres, la braise nourrie au feu de bois enflamme les assiettes à presque tous les coups! Et quand la flamme argentine s’estompe, on s’extasie devant un millefeuille au foie gras et anguille fumée d’anthologie : gras onctueux et fumaison fusionnent et s’électrifient à coups de pickles de betterave et d’un condiment agrumes.”

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Mmmozza

Mmmozza has one of the bbbest selections of mozzarella that you’ll find in the city, ranging from tiny bocconcini, to a  baseball-sized burrata stuffed with black truffles, to an enormous braided rope of bufala mozzarella, hacked off by the slice. The skinny sliver of an Italian specialty shop has lines out the door at lunch for its messy, affordable sandwiches featuring fresh mozzarella, cured meats and vegetables, and arugula. When the weather is nice, there’s outdoor seating or you can chow down in the Square du Temple park directly opposite. A variety of imported prosciuttos and salamis, stuffed pastas, oils and vinegars, and a small but quality range of Italian wines are also available for purchase.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

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Ravioli Chinois Nord-Est

You’re not here for the bare-bones space or the bare-bones service, you’re here for the fresh dumplings, pure and simple. They’re cheap, abundant, and most importantly, good.

There are usually 10 varieties on the menu including beef and turnip, pork and celery, shrimp & chive, and a great vegetarian mushroom option, all priced around €5 for a plate of 10, and served either grilled or boiled. The cucumber, peanut or noodle side salads are a good complement. Space inside is cramped, so plan on a short wait for a table, and don’t let the length of the queue put you off: Most are waiting for their goods to-go, no surprise when 100 frozen dumplings can be purchased for as little as €20.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

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La Cave du Paul Bert

Practical information

Address: 16 rue Paul Bert, 75011
Nearest transport: Rue des Boulets (9), Charonne (9), Faidherbe-Chaligny (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 58 53 50 92
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Small plates

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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2016) “À la Cave Paul Bert, les coudes contemporains trouvent à lever les classiques et les inattendus de cette vigne dite dynamique (même si parfois carrément éteinte) tout en scrutant le jour le jour d’une petite cuisine d’ardoise, vive, percutante, pertinente, un peu courte dans l’assiette mais généreuse à rappeler que le nouveau comptoir parisien balance aussi bien que les tapas ibères, izakaya nippons et autres cicchetti italiens.”

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Superbieres

Bright and welcoming, this little shop near the Canal Saint Martin carries a large selection of French beers and a nicely curated selection of imports. There is even a seasonal house beer, brewed in collaboration with Brew Unique. Nico, the rock-drummer-turned-beer-aficionado owner, serves up sandwiches and other snacks for those who want to turn their beer run into lunch or an apéro.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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Deck & Donohue

Since opening their brewery in early 2014, Thomas Deck and Mike Donohue have been on a roll. With five flagship beers and one rotating seasonal brew, they make some of Paris’ best beer and sell it to many quality restaurants and bars in the city. A visit to the microbrewery in up-and-coming Montreuil makes a pleasant Saturday outing (the brewery is only open to the public on Saturdays), and Metro access is easy. Once there, you can meet the bearded brewers, sample their range of beers, buy bottles, or get a growler fill.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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Hop Malt Market

The service is friendly and enthusiastic at this small, erratically-stocked shop. Look for the newest arrivals on the shelf right in front where lesser-known French beers hobnob with Belgian stalwarts and imports from further afield. Prices are very reasonable, especially for local and large-format beers.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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Brew Unique

Spearheaded by Simon Thillou of La Cave à Bulles and directed by Mike Gilmore, formerly of Frog Pubs, Brew Unique is Paris’ first brew-it-yourself brewery. Newbies can choose from a provided set of beer recipes, and more experienced homebrewers can get pointers on their own creations. Either way, Gilmore guides guests through a four hour brewing session, followed by bottling about a month later. All the necessary equipment and ingredients are there, and those lucky enough to have space to brew at home can even stock up as the place moonlights as a homebrew supply shop.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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Biérocratie

In the charming Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood, Jaclyn and Pierre Gidel’s small but well-organized shop houses an impressive library of local and international beers; notable brews include Siren from England, the Alsatian Bendorf, and American beer Cigar City. The couple are very involved in the Paris craft beer scene, co-hosting the weekly Hoppy Hour events at Les Trois 8, organizing beer and cheese tasting nights with Fromagerie Quatrehomme, renting out kegs, and even posting recipes for cooking with beer on the shop’s website. If the trek down to the 13th makes you thirsty, you can pop over to nearby café Le Barrault-Vins and enjoy your beers on the terrace there, for a €1 corkage fee.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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BAPBAP

The name stands for brassée à Paris, bue à Paris – “brewed in Paris, drunk in Paris” – and this brewery is decidedly local. Housed in a former parking garage, BAPBAP has enough space not only to mill grain, brew, ferment, bottle, and store beer, but also for visitors to check out the brewing process and then settle in one of the comfy couches in the tasting room or strike up a game on the ping pong table. You have to plan your visit and time it right, however, as the tasting room and shop’s opening hours are very limited. Full brewery tours are available in English (7pm Thursdays) or French (8:30pm Thursdays, 11am and 12:30pm Saturdays) and can be booked here. BAPBAP’s beers are well-built, if not particularly adventurous; favorites include the ShiFuMi summer ale and the Vertigo IPA.

— Camille Malmquist, December 2015

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Rococo

Practical information

Address: 4 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Nearest transport: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (4, 8,9)
Hours: Open every day noon-midnight
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 40 37 69 43
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Kebab and falafel
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2015) “Un «fine kebab»… Servie en gamelles rondes avec des frites de petit calibre, la viande qui tourne débarque en trois versions: agneau broche (épaule et poitrine marinées citron/épices, oignon nouveau, caviar d’aubergine et sauce curry), cochon broche (échine de porc orange/moutarde) et agneau braisé (viande cuite au jus pimenté, pickles, harissa…), plus un kebab fallafels (boulettes de pois chiches, chou vinaigré, yaourt à l’ail et salsa d’herbes).”

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Pastificio Passerini

We have not yet reviewed this shop, but you can read more about the concept here. You’ll find practical information about location and hours on this page, along with links to other reviews. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

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Le Pigalle

We have not yet reviewed this wine bar, but you’ll find practical information about location and hours on this page, along with links to other reviews. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

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CopperBay

The bright, expansive bar at CopperBay is a nice antidote to the cramped, dark speakeasies that make up much of the Parisian cocktail scene. It’s unpretentious and accessible, from the perspective of pricing – cocktails start at 10, which is far lower than most other spots of comparable quality – and of service. Before ordering at the bar, clients are given a deck of cards as the menu. Each one explains a beverage and breaks down the ingredients and flavor profile into a pie chart. Servers are easygoing and attentive. They care about the presentation, potentially too much, and you may find yourself being served a cocktail inside of a plastic bag that roughly resembles a bouquet of flowers, but it’s fun.

A recent favorite during this chilly winter was the “Hot Butterhead” of fragrant calvados, rum, Velvet Falernum, and liberal chunks of still melting butter, served warm in a mug wearing its own woolly sweater. The drinks menu has a good selection of pastis in all its forms, classic drinks, and CopperBay’s own original creations which are complex, multilayered and memorable (even if in the case of some, like the cauliflower-banana rum cocktail, perhaps for the wrong reasons). By way of eats, there’s a small menu of impeccable if typical products (burrata, rillettes). Although CopperBay appears to have gone through a few soul searching iterations since opening in late 2014 – the vaguely nautical bar no longer brands itself as “Mermaids & Magic Potions” for example – it’s hitting its stride right now.

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Faggio

Practical information

Address: 72 rue de Rochechouart, 75009
Nearest transport: Anvers (2)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 40 37 44 02
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 
Style of cuisine: Italian & pizza
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Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “At Faggio, it wasn’t that anyone was unfriendly, but rather that no one was going to acknowledge that you’d had a long wait before being fed. And of course the wine list was really top-heavy in terms of pricing, since the only way to make the rent if you’re running a pizzeria in Paris is to sell a good amount of pricey wine.”

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Trois Fois Plus de Piment

Practical information

Address: 184 rue St Martin, 75003
Nearest transport: Rambuteau (11)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 06 52 66 75 31
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Chinese, Szechuan
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Reviews of interest

Time Out (2016) “On choisit ensuite son plat de pâtes (avec ou sans soupe) comme les Dan Dan (porc haché, cacahuètes, ciboulette) en indiquant le degré de piment que l’on souhaite sur une échelle de 1 à 5.  La serveuse, sans doute habituée aux Parisiens jackass, nous conseille d’opter pour un niveau 2 : et franchement c’est déjà assez hardcore. Outre le piment, le bouillon est très parfumé, les nouilles fraîches et le porc délicieux.”

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Histoires

Practical information

Address: 85 avenue Kléber, 75016
Nearest transport: Iéna (9), Trocadéro (6, 9)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday and Saturday for dinner only and Wednesday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 70 98 16 35
Average price for lunch: More than €100
Average price for dinner: More than €100
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2016) “M. Pacaud’s 2* leaves one stunned.”

Le Figaro (2015) “Il a dévoilé Histoires, «restaurant dans le restaurant» où, pour vingt convives, il se livre à ses «fantaisies gustatives», notamment à travers des techniques subtiles d’imprégnation des plats. Pour lui, la cuisine est un art éphémère qui ne saurait être dissocié de ses propres références artistiques (musique, BD, peinture…).”

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Maison Plisson

This sprawling 500m² space on the edge of the trendy Northern Marais does double duty. On one side, it’s an upscale market, boasting fresh fruits and vegetables, high quality cheeses, charcuterie, and deli items, as well as a bakery, an excellent selection of wines and a range of luxury local and imported grocery items. On the other, it’s a café, serving a small range of dishes made from ingredients sold next door. In a neighborhood surprisingly devoid of good grocery purveyors, the store is a revelation: The boulangerie turns out the best croissants for several blocks, the charcuterie is excellent and this is the go-to spot for top-notch pickles or proper English tea. With the Bastille market just around the corner customers might balk at the price of produce here, but if only kale will do, this is the store for you. In the café, the concise lunch menu offers very good – if overpriced – simple French classics. At a lower price point, and for smaller appetites, there’s also a nice selection of quiches, tartines and sandwiches.

— Emily Brookes, November 2015

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Fromagerie Goncourt

This fromagerie is a welcome addition in the 11th where there’s an abundance of quality restaurants, but a serious lack of places to buy great cheese. Don’t miss the fresh dairy bar by the door where you can buy fromage frais, ricotta, and housemade cervelle de canut (a tangy cheese dip from Lyon flavored with fresh herbs and shallots) in bulk. Clément Brossault did a Tour de France of fromage on his bicycle to meet and build relationships with artisanal cheese producers before he opened his beautiful shop near Goncourt. The trip paid off and the shop is stocked with a wide variety of competitively priced cheeses.  Raw milk, which can be hard to find due to its short shelf life, is delivered here from Normandy twice weekly.

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