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Le 21

Practical information

Address: 21 rue Mazarine, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 46 33 76 90
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: French, seafood

Reviews of interest

Food Intelligence (2012) “Fréquenté par quelques palais remarquables, la table de Mr Paul (Minchelli) fait dans le simple. L’excellence des produits, l’ultime du poisson et puis rien d’autre qu’un tour de main et un savoir-faire hors du commun…une table essentielle.”

L’Avant Gout

Practical information

Address: 26 rue Bobillot, 75013
Nearest transport: Place d’Italie (5, 6, 7)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 53 80 24 00
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2008) “… il est toujours aussi difficile de trouver une table dans ce petit bistrot moderne…”

Chocolate & Zucchini (2003) “The restaurant is airy and bright, with red chairs and orange walls, very warm… I went for the Tarte fine aux poireaux, Foies de volaille confits, a thin and biscuity crust, topped with strips of leek, a delicious layer of crumbled duck liver and salad leaves.”

Eggs & Co.

Practical information

Address: 11 rue Bernard Palissy, 75006
Nearest transport: St. Germain-des-Pres (4)
Hours: Open every day from 10am-6pm
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 45 44 02 52
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Eggs, classic French, vegetarian options

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2009) “… des œufs sous toutes leurs formes: mollets, brouillés, au plat…il ne reste plus qu’à choisir le fond, la façon de les accommoder: herbes, jambon, fromages, champignons, au total ­29 possibilités…”

Food & Wine (2008) “… cozy two- story shrine to eggs in St.-Germain-des-Prés…”

Photo courtesy of Eggs & Co.’s Facebook Page

Bistro Volnay

Practical information

Address: 8 rue Volney, 75002
Nearest transport: Opéra (3, 7, 8 )
Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 61 06 65
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

A Nous Paris (2015) “Passation en toute discrétion pour cette institution du bien manger et du bon boire. Magali et Delphine, à la tête de cette maison depuis 2009 ont confié les clés à Philippe Marques dont le CV ravira les amateurs de bouteilles: chef sommelier au Mandarin Oriental à Londres puis chez Senderens, place de la Madeleine, pendant dix ans et plus récemment au Prince de Galles. Excusez du peu.”

These reviews are from the previous owner

Le Figaro (2012) “… ce bistrot d’élite valse régulièrement avec les chefs. En espérant donc que se maintienne le petit dernier, puisé au filon nippon, ancien de l’excellent Stella Maris et fameux de maîtrise dans son genre néoclassique.”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “Aside from Dufroux’s very good contemporary French bistro cooking… what I love about this place is that it proves that hip young Parisians really do know and like good food beyond the identikit menus at the Costes Brothers tentacular empire.”

John Talbott (2010) “The Bistro Volnay is a place I’ve been to 3 times in as many years under 3 different chefs…”I approached the place with trepidation – fancy entry, all suits and ties and all men, most (around us) speaking English, an imposing menu, with hefty supplements for anything not on the “menu.”

Le Figaro (2010) “… un bistrot que nous avions adoré lors de son lancement…”

Le Figaro (2010) “… une vraie belle allure de bistrot qui tamise en volumes contemporains le Paris des années 1920-1930-1940…”

Le Timbre

We haven’t yet been to Le Timbre since chef Charles Danet took it over in 2014, but you can scroll down to read reviews from other critics.

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Sainte-Beuve, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4), Notre-Dame-des-Champs (12)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 49 10 40
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What people are saying

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David Lebovitz (2017) includes this among his Favorite Paris Restaurants and says “Every time I eat at Le Timbre, I wonder why I don’t eat at this petit restaurant more often. It’s very small (hence the name, which means “the stamp”) and features very fresh food.”

Le Fooding (2015) says that Le Timbre has “a swinging ambiance and a young chef by the name of Charles Danet in the kitchen who sends out a lunch menu of spiced and caramelized quail breast, wrapped up in cured ham to keep it tender, roasted hake with thyme, shiso leaves and borlotti beans… and a satisfying scoop of chocolate ganache, almond genoise and citrus confit. At night, the menu is even more copious. And more importantly, the wines always hit it out of the park at both lunch and dinner”

Figaroscope (2014) reports that after the departure of Le Timbre’s British chef, the new iteration has a more intimate feeling, supported by a more delicate cuisine. Expect dishes like duck breast with mashed cauliflower and onion confit.

John Talbott (2014) revisits Le Timbre after the departure of chef Chris Write and calls this “a very soft, successful landing in a cherished old spot… you won’t be disappointed by the change.”