L'Ami Jean Restaurant in Paris | Paris By Mouth

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.

Address: 27 rue Malar, 75007
Hours: Open Tuesday-Friday for dinner. Open Saturday nonstop from 11am-11pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Telephone: +33 1 47 05 86 89
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Chez l’Ami Jean has reopened inside and out, with a temporary sidewalk terrace across the street. Every Thursday night through September, it is also hosting an international food market on the rue Malar.

Chez l’Ami Jean in Pictures

In Other Words

Le Monde (2014) “C’est un plaisir d’y déguster, pendant la saison du gibier, une palombe de chasse rôtie « champignon foie gras » (42 €), précédée d’une «vapeur de saveur maquereau 63°» fleurant bon la mer.”

Simon Says (2009) “Il faut être dans une forme olympique, s’enduire de testostérone et manger du cheval. C’est comme ça, sinon vous sortez la tête en avant en faisant des holalala. Nourritures d’enfer donc, d’une générosité et d’une percussion rare…”

Le Figaro (2009) “Le menu ­carte blanche… avec une cuisine à la fois solide et subtile, où la terre côtoie la mer, le saumon, le pop-corn et le ris de veau, la citronnelle. Autre option, l’exploration de la carte XXL…”

Food Snob (2009) “… the food, the atmosphere, the buzz – it was just a lot of fun.”

John Talbott (2007) “Should you go? I think this is an ideal place to send 1st time visitors; good chow, authentic surroundings and nice staff…”

10 Replies to “Chez L’Ami Jean”

  1. My wife and I ate at the restaurant in the fall of 2018 – two observations: I was happy to see a restaurant kitchen filled with female Chefs – and second, Chef Stephane Jego runs a tight ship with a focused attention to detail – the food looks delicious when it arrives, it tastes great, and the prices are reasonable for a Bistro – and yes, the iconic rice pudding dessert is indeed “heaven in a bowl!”

  2. I so hate being the one to disagree in a thread like this, where fulsome praise is being lavished on the restaurant — indeed I can scarcely find a negative comment in the bunch above. How could our meal have been so awful, I wonder? The set menu is 75 euro; we went a la carte and were served tasteless, rubbery partridges for close to 40 euro, along with a marginally better (extremely tough) duck for around the same price. I just don’t know what to say — this wasn’t a matter of taste, all three of us couldn’t believe what we’d been served. The service hardly could have compensated, too; we arrived on time at 7, and the waiter was in a massive hurry to get us out before the 9:00 rush. In the interest of total candor, and to establish some bona fides, let me here briefly enumerate some virtues: the soup was exquisite, the rice pudding was delicious (and insanely portioned — our single serving could easily have served about six people). Still, they couldn’t make up for a truly lousy meal, which at 250 euro for three people (soup, two appetizers, three rubber birds, one dessert and a bottle of Chiroubles) is quite disappointing. Off night? I have no other explanation. (Because how could so many PBM’ers be so wrong?)

  3. Guessing it’s not one for veggies? My quest for a “foodie” venue that is inventive with non-meat products continues…

  4. Delicious!
    We had the “business” lunch – 4 courses including dessert. Amazing asparagus & lobster bisque to start and the mashed potatoes with the main course were like none other I’ve ever experienced.
    Never in a million years would have gone inside if I hadn’t read the reviews here.
    Glad we did though! At almost $200 US for 3 it was spendy – but worth it.
    I also use a wheelchair – one small step in and no access to the restrooms but the staff was very accommodating.

  5. They have changed the menu for the evenings.
    Now there is a reduced menu à la carte and a degustation menu 75€. I have the impression that the menu prices have also gone up quite significantly as well since last year (20-25€ entrees , 30-40€ mains). As much as I like the food, I won’t be going back at those prices nor for the screaming chef that makes for a very tense ambiance en salle.

  6. LOVED this place. We got the mid-priced tasters menu (it was around EUR 50 per person) and it was delicious. First course, they brought out the soup bowls with croutons and bacon, green onions in the bowl. Then they poured on a delicious creamy concoction. Rice pudding was indeed very special. Everything was greattttt.

  7. We truly loved the place. The service was…erratic, but the servers were cool. None of it had a truly negative impact, they were still fun and interesting, good recommendations and a great experience.

    But all of that matters pretty little to us. The food was great, excellent throughout. The sullen “renowed chef” seemed to have earned his spot to us. Every dish was ranging from great to amazing. It was a true delight.

  8. Usually the idea of an open kitchen is a good one. It allows the clientele to see what’s going on, feel that the cooking and eating are a symbiotic relationship. Not at l’ami jean. Worst idea ever. As the chef has to scream to be happy, it makes the whole meal stressful. I know I’m the minority but I can’t stand l’Ami Jean – the service is atrocious (nasty waiters please apply), you are seated on top of your neighbors and the food is okay but frankly not that special – and not worth the price. It used to be a nice Basque neighborhood place, now it has become chic and frankly not a pleasant experience. To be skipped until the “renowed chef” calms down.

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