Le Louis Vins has been tucked into the small rue de la Mongagne Ste Geneviève for seemingly forever. I’ve walked past it a million times but never thought to go in, and my dinner guests said the same thing upon arrival. But I was optimistic, based on a few strong reviews, to think that a real gem had been hiding in plain sight. Alas, this wasn’t the case. Whatever magic was happening seems to have dissipated when chef Mélanie Serre departed in 2022. The food, during our visit, went largely uneaten. The wine list was fine, but it hardly the draw that other reviewers had claimed. The ambiance was stale, the crowd was touristy… it’s just not our kind of place.
LE LOUIS VINS
OUR PHOTOS OF LE LOUIS VINS
IN OTHER WORDS
- Gault et Millau (2022) “Mélanie Serre partie sous d’autres cieux à la fin de l’été 2022, c’est désormais Olivier Bel qui officie aux fourneaux du Louis Vins. La transition s’est faite en douceur. L’esprit bistrotier et soigné a été conservé et si, parfois, la salle sonne un peu creux (heureusement, la playlist de bonne pop anglo-saxonne est idéale), les assiettes ont assez de personnalité pour rendre le moment agréable : velouté de chou-fleur, noisette, œuf parfait et persillade qui coche toutes les cases de la mode hivernale, belles noix de saint-jacques…”
- Paris Update (2021) “I have been to Louis Vins before and liked it, but this time I absolutely loved it, as did my three dinner companions. What made the difference? A new chef, or cheffe, as the French now say, Mélanie Serre, who made us happy from the beginning to the end of the meal, with the help of the very attentive servers.”