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fig tart laurent favre-mot | parisbymouth.com

Laurent Favre-Mot

Between the chocolate mustache-topped sable sandwich cookies that resemble an inside-out Oreo, the “f*cking dark” chocolate tarts topped off with chocolate skulls, or a lemon cream in between sesame madeleines disguised as a hamburger, this pastry shop can feel a bit too self-consciously cool. Thankfully, the sweets mostly deliver, and the tattooed and bearded eponymous pastry chef is present most days, and gracious. The deconstructed cheesecake inside of a Camembert box is an interesting take on a ubiquitous dessert, and the fresh fig tart with dragées rich with an intensely vanilla cream in a crisp, not-too-sweet shell. Pastries taken to-go are packaged in reusable plastic pencil cases adorably slapped with a robot sticker. In yet another departure from his peers, Laurent Favre-Mot will be offering a limited savory lunch and brunch in the back room of the pâtisserie.

— Catherine Down, October 2015 

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Gilles Marchal

The giant madeleine door handle and the tiny seashell shaped sweets printed on the wallpaper are a good indicator of what lies within. The classic childhood treat is here elevated to a work of art in a variety of flavors. Delicately perfumed with crisp, buttery edges, the lemon glazed and salted caramel were particularly excellent. Madeleines were invented in Alsace where pastry chef Gilles Marchal hails from, and, while his are more expensive than most, they’re superlative within their category. It’s no surprise given that Marchal was the pastry chef for a number of years at Le Bristol, Plaza Athénée, and La Maison du Chocolat before striking out to open his own neighborhood bakery.  The madeleines might be the stars of the show, but there are numerous other options including breakfast pastries, after school snacks, an ice cream cart in summer, and artfully presented tarts, such as a piquant lemon tart garnished with meringue cigarettes. There’s even occasionally a solid gluten-free option in the form of a “sacher cake” which resembles a chocolatey tiramisu. There’s no space to sit so plan on taking your pastries to-go and snacking on the steps of Sacre-Coeur.

— Catherine Down, September 2015 

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Gravity Bar

Practical information

Address: 43 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday
Reservations: Not Accepted
Telephone: 06 11 84 21 76
Average price for a cocktail:12€
Average price for dinner:10-19€
Style of cuisine: Small plates
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2016) “Un comptoir arrondi derrière lequel des barmen à casquette s’affairent à préparer des mixtures bien dosées, à base de gentiane notamment (12€ le verre). La clientèle de jeunes barbus et belles bohèmes apprécient l’ambiance un rien scandinave.”

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Blackburn

Practical information

Address: 52 rue Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 41 73 31
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soup, salad & sandwiches
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Reviews of interest

Sprudge (2015) “While the coffee is carefully selected, here the focus is more all-around cafe as opposed to coffee bar; it’s the entirety of Blackburn that’s important, not just what they’re serving. There are fresh juices if you’re not in a coffee mood, all food and most of the pastries are made in house, and there’s even an inviting couch at the back – a vintage Scandinavian model of course.”

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Bouillon

Practical information

Address: 47 rue de Rochechouart, 75009
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Telephone: 09 51 18 66 59
Style of cuisine: Classic bistro
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What people are saying

John Talbott (2015) “Warm welcome, warm soups, warm friends, what could be better?”

Simon Says (2015) “Sa cuisine est bigrement bonne, hautement classique (un superbe bouillon de «vrais» champignons de Paris, foie gras de canard, céléri-coraindre), elle tape avec joliesse et saveurs comme avec ce cabillaud cuit vapeur aux citrons confits et épices. Mais ces dernières font comme la clientèle, comme par syncrétisme. Il faut qu’elles manifestent leur présence, impriment fort (trop), tapent presque du pied d’impatience.”

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Une Glace à Paris ice cream | parisbymouth.com

Une Glace à Paris

The  ice creams and sorbets here are made fresh, on-site, each day from quality ingredients, and they’re some of the best in Paris. That’s no surprise given that Emmanuel Ryon is a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) glacier, a title that indicates outstanding achievement in an artisanal trade. There are creative surprises like blackcurrant with cinnamon and mint, the shockingly good carrot with orange and ginger sorbet, or Medovick, a flavor inspired by the Russian buckwheat cake sweetened with honey and Ryon’s background as the chef pâtissier at Café Pouchkine. Vanilla here isn’t boring and comes in three varieties, as does the chocolate, and both classics are available in ice cream flights. It’s a glace to rival Berthillon and, unlike Berthillon, it stays open late on the weekends and in August when you need it most. >> Read More

Hakata Choten

While the focus of this cheap and cheerful Japanese franchise is ostensibly the authentic tonkatsu ramen, the real highlight is the gyoza with a thick, crisp, seared crust and a juicy pork filling. The parent restaurant won the Prix du Concours National of Gyoza in Japan in 2004, and the dumplings truly are winners. The dining room is busy and the lines can be long, but the steaming bowls of ramen come out fast and are worth the wait. The counter seating on the bottom floor makes this a nice option for dining alone.

— Catherine Down, September 2015

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Grand Cœur

Practical information

Address: 41 rue du Temple, 75004
Nearest transport: Hôtel de Ville (1, 11), Rambuteau (11)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner and Sunday for lunch
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 58 28 18 90
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Simon Says (2015) “Par esprit de contrariété, j’avais choisi un tartare histoire de voir si les pneus étaient bien dessinés. Impeccable, il fut. Volontaire et déluré, parfait pour dissoudre une mélancolie matinale.”

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Dilia

Practical information

Address: 1 rue d’Eupatoria, 75020
Nearest transport: Ménilmontant (2)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 09 53 56 24 14
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Italian
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Reviews of interest

Table à Découvert (2015) “Une assiette étrange à l’arrivée, je me souvenais juste que j’avais commandé le Saint-Pierre. En fait, le filet ferme et délicieux apparaît sous une belle couche d’herbes réduites en purée, il y a juste une ou deux petites branches de thym qui apparaissent encore. C’est sacrément vert, frais et d’une belle couleur chlorophyllée. Un peu de ricotta pour la douceur, des branches et des feuilles de chicorée juste saisies, je me régale. Et pour tout vous dire, je découvre le poisson dans une version végétale, brute, un peu amère et à la fois douce de ricotta.”

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Profiterole Chérie

This bright pink pastry shop  sells single serving profiteroles from Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) pâtissier Philippe Urraca. The choux are baked every 40 minutes to keep them crisp. The snowball sized choux are assembled to order, and available in a dozen flavors ranging from classics like the standard vanilla ice cream  with hot chocolate sauce to the more unique, such as lemon pastry cream and meringue filling served with lemon curd sauce. Each choux is served in an ice cream cup with a plastic shot of sauce on the side, so you can eat them on the run or settle down in the salon. The choux were notably crunchy, but overall, the flavor combinations were uneven. The salted caramel was a favorite.

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A Mere restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

A Mere

Practical information

Address: 49 rue de l’Echiquier, 75010
Nearest transport: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 48 00 08 28
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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A Mere in pictures

What people are saying

Simon Says (2016) “Ces plats cérébraux ne murmurant que par onomatopées sont servis par des barbus au verbe précis, inspirés, souvent plus intelligents que vous et forcément plus jeunes. Il y a une énergie massive, une colère lointaine ramassée en une assiette toute mignonne.”

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ob la di affogato cafe in paris | parisbymouth.com

Ob-La-Di Café

Ob-La-Di might be the most Instagrammed café of the 2015 rentrée, but there’s real substance at this stylish spot in the Haut Marais. Most of the baked goods are made in-house, and many of them manage to be vegan and gluten-free, and still actually taste good. Coffee is expertly prepared with Lomi beans by Lloyd, formerly of Boot Café, who also curates a killer playlist most days. Creative offerings include an affogato made with cookie dough ice cream, horchata, a vegetarian burger, and avocado toast that is worth an eye-popping €9 price tag due to the homemade purple potato bread and chimichurri sauce, plus pomegranate seeds.

— Catherine Down, September 2015


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Little Breizh creperie in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Little Breizh

Practical information

Address: 11 rue Gregoire de Tours, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 43 54 60 74
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: French, Breton & Crêpes
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Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2014) “This friendly Breton café offers crêpes and buckwheat galettes that are delicious, and generous. I had an excellent buckwheat galette, flecked with little nubbins of dark, toothy buckwheat embedded in the batter. I chose from the reasonable lunch menu that included a glass of cider and another crêpe for dessert, for less than €10.”

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Yard wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Yard Wine Bar

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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Peco Peco restaurant in Paris photo from FB | parisbymouth.com

Peco Peco

We have not yet reviewed this restaurant, 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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Le Triangle

In an exciting step forward for the craft beer scene in Paris, Le Triangle has opened its doors to become Paris’ first-ever gastrobrewpub. With brewing kettles on display behind the bar, an excellent selection of guest beers on tap (house-made brews are slated for early 2015), and enticing seasonal dishes coming out of the kitchen, the respect for good product is evident. The welcome is warm, the staff enthusiastic, the prices reasonable, and the menu changes daily – what more can a beer-loving foodie ask for?  >> Read More

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Les Crocs des Halles

Practical information

Address: 49 rue Berger, 75001
Nearest transport: Les Halles (4), Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 40 28 00 00
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Meat
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2015) “We were greeted warmly, seated and overwhelmed by the list of offerings, all meat except for a coquillages starter and sole & chips main… Go?  I heartily urge you to.”

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L’Auberge Bressane

Practical information

Address: 16 avenue de la Motte Piquet, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour-Maubourg (8)
Hours: Open Sunday-Friday for lunch & dinner and Saturday for dinner
Reservations: Book a couple days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 05 98 37
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) “A living archive of the great tastes of Gaul… With the possible exception of the price–there’s an excellent value 24.50 Euros lunch menu, but it’s expensive to order a la carte, which we did–everything about this meal pleased.”

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La Marée Jeanne

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Mandar, 75002
Nearest transport: Étienne Marcel (4), Sentier (3)
Hours: Open every day for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 61 58 34
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Seafood, Oysters & Shellfish
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Reviews of interest

Time Out (2016) “Avec une cuisine fraîche et enlevée, un accueil et un cadre sympathiques, cette belle adresse s’avère, sans hésiter, une très bonne pêche du quartier.”

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Hero

Practical information

Address: 289 rue Saint-Denis, 75002
Nearest transport: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis (4, 8, 9)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 23 45 67 89
Average price for lunch: 10-19€ or 20-39€, depending on if you get the special or order à la carte
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Korean, fried chicken
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Reviews of Interest

Le Figaro (2015) “Bravo. Les cocktails pointus, l’accueil amical, la playlist R & B vintage.”

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Sebastien Degardin Paris Brest

Sébastien Dégardin

Practical information

Address: 200 rue Saint-Jacques, 75005
Nearest transport: Luxembourg (RER B), Place Monge (7)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday
Telephone: 01 43 07 77 59
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Reviews of interest

5th place in our Five Great Paris-Brest competition

Table à Découvert (2015) “Voici le Paris-Brest de la maison. Gargantuesque, défiant les lois de la nature en dose de praliné, il n’est pas à mettre dans toutes les bouches tant il est copieux. Une pâte à chou fraîche, des éclats de fruits secs qui donnent du croquant, une crème mousseline exquise, une tuile caramélisée avec sa noisette et son amande caramélisées aussi et ce que vous ne voyez pas, mais que je vous avoue quand même: un cœur de pur praliné qui croustille sous la dent. Oh la la, c’est terrible.”

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Chéri Charlot

Practical information

Address: 33 rue Richer, 75009
Nearest transport: Cadet (7)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday for lunch only; Open Tuesday-Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 09 80 41 78 27
Average price for lunch: Less than 10€
Average price for dinner: Less than 10€
Style of cuisine: Soups/Salads/Sandwiches
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Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2015) “En appui d’une épicerie (vraiment) fine, un comestible où trois frangins argumentent le «sur le pouce», le «coin de comptoir» et la levée de coude. Il y a là des produits de tempérament et un réel talent à tailler les meilleurs casse-croûte de ce printemps.”

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Naan

Practical information

Address: 59 rue des Petites Écuries, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7), Château d’Eau (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and Thursday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 09 80 43 58 85
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Indian
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2015) “Cette chic échoppe entièrement dévouée au curry et à l’authentique naan, galette roulée, farcie à l’envi d’épices et de malice. Très sain!”

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Honor

We have not yet reviewed this coffee shop, 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.

Practical information

Address: 54 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75001
Nearest transport: Madeleine (8, 12, 14), Concord (1, 12, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday
Telephone: 07 82 52 93 63
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Reviews of interest

Sugared & Spiced (2015) “Excellent coffee, super friendly service, and pastries supplied by Broken Biscuits. I’m not often in this neighborhood but when I am, I make sure to come here for a cup of coffee.”

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Chicken bao burger at Siseng in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Siseng

Burgers are ubiquitous in Paris, but the unique ones at Siseng are worth seeking out. The house specialty is bao burgers: five spiced beef patties with tamarind and tempura onion or a crispy chicken filet with coconut milk & basil on steamed Chinese buns. It’s pan-asian fusion that (mostly) works. Cocktails & sides were uneven. Crunchy risotto balls infused with a lingering lemongrass flavor were a surprising success while the sweet potato fries could have stood another round in the fryer. An evening visit on a weekend found the tiny, Canal-side space slammed with a young, international crowd, but service stayed funny & warm under pressure albeit somewhat forgetful. There are no reservations so it’s better to go in small groups and be prepared to wait.

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