This new restaurant from the owner of Le Cornichon occupies prime Latin Quarter real estate with an outdoor terrace looking onto the gardens of the Cluny museum and the vestige of an 8th century convent. It’s a quiet street where you can hear birdsong, and a welcome respite from the tourist bustle near Notre-Dame. I’d be happy to eat a simple sandwich on this terrace, but Maison Cluny offers so much more. For starters, they have what might be the best apéro nibble I’ve tasted this year – addictive socca (chickpea) crisps that are fried to order. A dish of sea scallop carpaccio with vanilla infused olive oil was a perfect starter on a warm afternoon. Fresh pappardelle with confit lamb ragú felt like it belonged in a different season, it was delicious. Perfect wild strawberries were served simply, as they should be, with homemade yogurt sorbet and candied pistachios. There were excellent vegetarian options on the menu. For me, this feels like the perfect spot to meet friends for lunch on a warm summer day.
Maison Cluny has been included among our 50 Favorite Restaurants in Paris.
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IN OTHER WORDS
- Michelin Guide: “Much to our delight, the gourmet duet, formerly of the Cornichon in the Daguerre district, has teamed up again in this stylish bistro opposite the Cluny Museum garden in the heart of the Latin Quarter. The slate menu reads like an old-school cookbook: chicken liver pâté, veal kidneys, game in season, rice pudding… Warm interior and casual, upbeat vibe.”