Fripon is a modern & creative small plates restaurant from Top Chef contestant Pauline Séné in Ménilmontant hill. There are plenty of vegetarian options, and it’s open on Monday.
Food and wine pilgrims, particularly those who read the New York Times or watch Anthony Bourdain, are willing to climb the hill for this Belleville institution. Raquel Carena tends the fire, offering her own personal brand of bistro cooking – sometimes delicate, sometimes hearty, always heartfelt. In stark contrast to the loving kitchen, the dining room is cold as ice, thanks to the joyless leadership of Carena’s husband Philippe.