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Bistrot Belhara

A recent visit didn’t live up to the hype in which Thierry Dufroux’s Basque-inflected bistrot was declared “one of the revelations of 2013.” With the exception of a vanilla millefeuille with fresh strawberries, every dish was fine but forgettable. The wine list was uninspired and service was brisk and joyless. Three years ago, when most of this restaurant’s reviews were written, Belhara may have stood out as more exciting. It may have actually been more exciting back then. But today, when Paris is experiencing a renaissance of old-fashioned cuisine bourgeoise, Belhara doesn’t quite make it to Our Top 50 Paris Restaurants. Its saving grace: three courses for 38€ is still a great value for dinner in the 7ème near the Eiffel Tower. 

Restaurant Sylvestre

Practical information

Address: 79 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour-Maubourg (8), Invalides (8, 13, RER C)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Thursday & Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone01 47 05 79 00
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2016) “Venu de Courchevel, Sylvestre Wahid succède à Piège du côté de chez Thoumieux, manœuvre la berline de brasserie du rez-de-chaussée et ordonne, à l’étage, une gastronomie de force tranquille, sans esbroufe, d’un chic foncier, appliquée au saisonnier, consciencieuse à disposer en menu dédié (chair, mer, végétal) une cuisine renouant avec la générosité et ce vieux mot que l’on croyait usé: la gourmandise.”

Nakatani

Practical information

Address: 27 rue Pierre Leroux, 75007
Nearest transport: Vaneau (10)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 34 94 14
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2015) “Homard en chapelure de poutargue, endives à l’orange: le végétal parfait, le crustacé un peu alibi. Volaille de Chalosse, petit chou farci: d’une gourmandise réservée. Moelleux de courge, clémentines marinées: diaphane.”

Bellota-Bellota

Practical information

Address: 18 rue Jean-Nicot, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour Maubourg (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday all day
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 53 59 96 96
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Spanish, small plates
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Additional Locations

Address: 11 rue Clément Marot, 75008
Nearest transport: Alma – Marceau (9)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday all day
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 47 20 03 13

Le Casse-Noix

Practical information

Address: 56 rue de la Fédération, 75015
Nearest transport: Dupleix (6)
Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 66 09 01
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2014) “The menu is as interesting as ever.”

Table à Découvert (2011) “Générosité, simplicité et un petit truc en plus qui enrobe le tout d’une sincère gourmandise…”

Figaroscope (2011) “Au bon matelas d’un arrondissement solidement rembourré de plumes bistrotières, un petit nouveau tirant joliment la couverture d’une cuisine troussée à manière sur un impayable décor jadis et pépère.”

John Talbott (2010) “The decor spells out the tone they’re setting right away: old Michelin‘s on a shelf over the kitchen door, faux-stained glass on the door to the kitchen, beautiful but unmatched light fixtures, old coat hooks on the walls…As an amuse bouche, we were served a chicken liver paste with two types of superb bread and that and a delicious piece of sauteed foie gras with wonderful salad and quince slices…”

Photo courtesy of Le Casse-Noix’s website

Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine

Practical information

Address: Port des Invaldies (right next to the Pont d’Alexandre III), 75007
Nearest transport: Invalides (8, 13, RER C), Champs Elysées-Clemenceau (1)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Saturday noon-2am; Open Sunday noon-9pm
Reservations: Rservations not accepted
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas
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Reviews of Interest

Time Out (2014) “Rosa est un spot parfait pour passer l’été, s’abandonner au soleil sur des coussins moelleux, travailler en wifi à l’ombre des arbres, s’asseoir en groupes à des tables conviviales. Les aficionados du Rosa Bonheur s’attendront à reprendre leurs petites habitudes en achetant des bouteilles de vins (à partir de 19 €), ou des verres à 3,50 €.

Thoumieux

Practical information

Address: 79 rue St. Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour Maubourg (8)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner; Open Sunday for brunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 05 79 00
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Brasserie
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2016) “Wahid Sylvestre stays steady…”

Figaroscope (2015) “Sylvestre Wahid succède à J.-F. Piège, assure à l’étage «gastronomique» mais cherche encore ses marques au nerf de la brasserie et du rez-de-chaussée entre plats un peu trop distants et tarifs un poil insistants.”

Note: these reviews are from Jean-François Piège’s tenure as chef at Thoumieux

Simon Says (2010) “… c’est bien mieux.”

Le Figaro (2009) “Classique sur le fond, nettement plus chahuteuse sur la forme, la cuisine traduit en manières d’aujourd’hui ce petit éternel des brasseries. Certains trouveront à minauder sur quelques préparations un peu dans la joliesse, voire gentiment narcissiques, mais comment ne pas excuser quelques grammes de parisianisme dans une maison renouant enfin avec Paris?”

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.

Les Fables de la Fontaine

Practical information

Address: 131 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: École Militaire (8), Pont de l’Alma (RER C)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 44 18 37 55
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French,
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Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “… cooking that’s as vivid, joyous and inventive as Julia Sedefdjian’s served in a lively dining room where everyone was clearly having a great time. One way or another, the inspired and very hard working Sedefidjian is very much a young chef to sample, savour, sample again and keep an eye on.”

John Talbott (2015) “About as good a meal as one can get around here…”

Patricia Wells (2011) “Sébastien Gravé and David Bottreau have… created a one-of-a-kind fish restaurant with a true personality. And you’ll feel as though you’ve hit the jackpot if you arrive on a warm, sunny day and dine on the compact terrace facing the fountain on Rue Saint-Dominique… Modern, refreshing, satisfying.”

Figaroscope (2009) “…tous sont préparés avec un indéniable talent. Goûtez par exemple à l’épais dos de turbot meunière servi avec des supions en persillade et une mousse de persil ou à ce formidable tartare de saint-jacques et saumon au curry rouge, parfumé et pointu.”

Photo via Edsel L.’s flickr

Les Cocottes

Practical information

Address: 135 rue St. Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: École Militaire (8), Pont le l’Alma (RER C)
Hours: Open every day, 12pm-11pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: no phone
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Additional Locations

Address2 avenue Bertie Allbrecht, 75008
Nearest transport: Ternes (2)
Hours:  Open every day, 12pm-11pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone:  01 53 89 50 53
Website

Reviews of interest

Reviews from the 75008 location

John Talbott (2015) “Nothing like the Mothership except for great food.”

Reviews from the original location

Time Out (2012) “Christian Constant has found the perfect recipe for pleasing Parisians at his new bistro: a flexible menu of salads, soups, verrines (light dishes served in jars) and cocottes (served in cast-iron pots), all at bargain prices – for this neighbourhood.”

David Lebovitz (2010) “…the hearty food served in Staub casseroles is worth the wait.”

Le Figaro (2010) “Savoureuses pommes de terre caramélisées, farcies au pied de porc, fricassée de volaille aux olives et citron confit, jeunes légumes du moment cuisinés en cocotte… Ultrafrais, ultrabon.”

David Lebovitz (2009) “Les Cocottes sits on a pretty prestigious piece of land, in the seventh arrondissement, not known for good-value restaurants…But Les Cocottes is a good value, and what makes it even better, the food is worth every centime.”

John Talbott (2007) “I started with a cold ptipois soup with strip of spicy salty chorizo and crème fraiche, then going on to the pigeon with big peas and delicious greens and scallions, finishing with a waffle with Chantilly and salty caramel. The meal was just as advertised, simple, honest and made from good products. It ain’t starred cooking nor is it meant to be…”

Auguste

Practical information

Address: 54 rue de Bourgogne, 75007
Nearest transport: Varenne (13)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 51 61 09
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2011) “Though the welcome at Auguste is warm and service impeccable, what happened in the kitchen and on the plate was simply not convincing… the sad and tasteless fish was set in a mushy bed of pumpkin puree and simply left me without an appetite. Another first course combination of oysters,  horseradish, and andouille also seemed terribly misguided.”

Bruno Verjus (2011) “Consommer les bonnes espèces à la bonne saison, une idée simple à comprendre pour les tomates et les fraises, (quoi que lorsque l’on voit les étals des marchés…) moins évidente pour les poissons… Gaël Orieux offre une cuisine précise et délicieuse interprétant les poissons modestes en virtuose.”

Photo via Auguste’s Facebook page

La Table d’Aki

Practical information

Address: 49 rue Vaneau, 75007
Nearest transport: Vaneau (10)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 45 44 43 48
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2014) “Subtle, streamlined, and honest… a singular style of cuisine, offering dishes that both satisfy and surprise, amaze with their freshness, and always make us feel special to be one of the lucky few to secure a table at the 16-seat restaurant. ”

John Talbott (2012) “The carte is minimalist as well, one entree of the day, two mains and one dessert…all dishes and sauces and veggies were magnificent.”

Patricia Wells (2012) “The spotless, tiny restaurant is bathed in light and white from head to toe…His food, too – pure, simple, and sensational in an understated way  – is white…”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2012) “Un repas du côté de chez lui?  Trois plats de bonheur simple servis d’une main leste  qui s’en retourne soudain au coin des fourneaux.  La salle est blanche, le climat délicieusement mutique,  les assiettes offrent le frisson…”

Bruno Verjus (2012) “La juste perfection d’un gros ravioli de langoustines, ventripotent. Une chair de soie, glacée comme un soulier, d’un jus corsé de carapaces de langoustines. L’ultime du ravioli, un chant au palais, une tessiture à vous donner le frisson, tant les notes de ce plat sont justes et denses. Sans doute le meilleur rapport qualité/prix au monde. Ce plat pourrait faire pâlir la plupart des restaurants 3 étoiles. La perfection je vous le dit.”

Thierry Richard (2012) “Dans l’assiette, du beau néo-classique affiné par plus de vingt ans passés à l’Ambroisie…« Galette de maquereau », aux saveurs puissantes, nettes et à la texture délicate, « Filet de lieu jaune poêlé, quenelles de tapenades aux deux olives » superbement cuit, nacré, d’une simplicité et d’une justesse épatante, « Tarte aux poires » un ton en dessous. De la simplicité tirée au cordeau comme une chemise de tailleur au tombé impeccable.”

Photo courtesy of La Table d’Aki’s Facebook page