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Ty Breiz

Practical information

Address: 52 boulevard de Vaugirard, 75015
Nearest transport: Pasteur (6, 12)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-11pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 43 20 83 72
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: French, Crêperies
Website

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2009) “#2 galette complète in Paris.”

Le Dôme

Practical information

Address: 108 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014
Nearest transport: Vavin (4), Edgar Quinet (6)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 43 35 25 81
Website   Book Online

What people are saying

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2015) “The upside of a city that trades on history, however, is the persistence of such majestic creations as Le Dôme’s airy millefeuille, gargantuan portions of which are hacked off a tree-trunk-sized whole that the servers parade around the restaurant with justifiable pride.”

Simon Says (2015) “C’est une sorte de grosse bestiole. Qui ne bouge pas… On y vient ici s’offrir les poissons du jour, les plateaux de fruits de mer écumant d’iode. C’est impeccable, un peu roué dans la passation de commande où l’on aime bien pousser le bouchon. Mais qu’importe, si l’on a réservé ici, c’est que l’on savait exactement où l’on allait. Sans trop chercher, on atteint avec une aisance déconcertante une addition à 200 euros pour deux personnes.”

Condé Nast Traveler (2015) “I don’t eat fancy food, so most of my recommendations are for bistros and other elbows on-the-table sorts of places—like this one, where Hemingway met painter Jules Pascin, commemorating their story in A Moveable Feast. Here, the fish is still prepared in an old-school way (i.e., filleted tableside) and the maître d’s still wear tuxedos.”

Dorie Greenspan (2008) “Whenever I see a big metal platter with a mound of crushed ice and a pile of oysters, clams, shrimp, langoustines and other precious shellfish, I imagine that I’m in Paris in the 1920s… my favorite place to enjoy this luxury – and is it ever a luxury (especially now with the dollar so weak) – is at Le Dome…”

Photo courtesy of Patricia Wells’ website

Le Dome in video

Anthony Bourdain’s Paris episode for “The Layover.” The segment on Le Dome begins around the 27:00 mark.

La Cabane à Huitres

Practical information

Address: 4 rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015
Nearest transport: Montparnasse-Bienvenuë (4, 6, 12, 13)
Hours: Closed Sunday-Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 45 49 47 27
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, oysters

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2011) “Chaque semaine, il monte d’Arcachon avec sa propre production d’huîtres, mais aussi des cannelés et d’autres babioles gourmandes estampillées Sud-Ouest. Pour profiter d’un pique-nique sans façons autour de l’épatante formule à 18€ (une douzaine d’huîtres + foie gras ou saumon fumé), débrouillez-vous pour arriver avant 22h30, le patron ne joue pas les prolongations!”

Ciel de Paris

Practical information

Address: 33 avenue du Maine (in the Montparnasse tower), 75015
Nearest transport: Monparnasse-Bienvenue (4, 6, 12, 13)
Hours: Open every day for breakfast, lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 40 64 77 64
Average price for lunch: 20-39€ for the set menu & 60-100€ à la carte
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Website   Facebook   Book Online

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “… the menu read rather Business Class, but chef Christophe Marchais delivered a fine surprise…This was well-conceived and executed fun festive food that avoided the pitfalls of being frilly and silly, which is what too often happens in high-altitude settings…. desserts are studiously art-directed but also delicious.”

Le Figaro (2012) “Velouté de homard au corail d’oursin servi à la soupière: capiteux. Selle d’agneau rôtie au thym citronné, légumes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui: comme souvent avec le sérieux, un peu ennuyeux. Opéra à l’émulsion d’arabica: probe.”

Toyo

Practical information

Address: 17 rue Jules-Chaplain, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday for dinner only; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 43 54 28 03
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Japanese & sushi, Fusion
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2013) “Just next door to the Poissonnerie du Dôme, often cited as the best fishmonger in Paris, Toyo has great ingredients (plus meat from Hugo Desnoyer and vegetables from Joël Thiébault).”

Patricia Wells (2011) “The streamlined 35 and 45 euro lunch menus offer just enough choices…He offers tiny rectangles of perfectly cooked merlan (whiting) showered with flakes of salty bottarga (dried, salted mullet or cod)   set upon a bed of giant cepe mushrooms…”

Le Figaro (2010) “Sept séquences pour un menu se faufilant dans les saveurs les plus subtiles…L’ensemble fonctionne avec une rare précision.”

L’Express (2010) “…dans l’épure claire de ce vestibule blanc et bois, au comptoir de préférence, pour la vue dégagée sur les manoeuvres virevoltantes d’une brigade en plein coup de feu…”

Food Intelligence (2010) “…la qualité et la précision des grandes tables Tokyoîtes pour une cuisine d’inspiration plutôt française.”

Le Figaro (2010) “Une gastronomie émotionnelle, précise…Fragile comme dentelle sur kimono.”

Photo courtesy of Patricia Wells

La Rotonde

Practical information

Address: 105 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4)
Hours: Open every day 6am-2am
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 43 26 48 26
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “Served with charm and a deep professional knowledge of proper table service, this meal was the kind of feed upon which the good reputation of French cooking was originally constructed, because what this food says is that you can eat well even when you’re not interested in making a fuss about it or spending too much money.”

The New York Times (2013) “La Rotonde, a 1911 vintage brasserie in Montparnasse, accommodates both the real and imagined realities of the city, all without sacrificing good food…the politely wisecracking service is brisk in the brasserie tradition. More important, the traditional comfort cooking is not only well executed but often made with pedigreed ingredients.”

Photo courtesy of La Rotonde Montparnasse’s Facebook page

Josephine (Chez Dumonet)

Bring your appetite and wallet to this bistro – a perennial favorite for old-fashioned dishes like boeuf bourguignon, duck confit and gigot d’agneau. It’s the French bistro you’ve always imagined right down to the communal pot of pickled herring, the gruff waiters and red gingham toilet. They make a mean Grand Marnier soufflé as big as your head that must (and should) be ordered at the beginning of the meal. The millefeuille is worth saving room for, too. When half portions are available, order those as they tend to be the size of any other restaurant’s normal portions. There’s an excellent selection of Armagnac and other digestifs to help wash down all the duck fat.

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
Website   Facebook   Instagram

What people are saying

Have you been? Leave your own opinion about Le Timbre in the comments!

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.”