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Le Saint-Sébastien

This contemporary French restaurant in the 11th arrondissement is known for its handmade charcuterie, vegetable-driven (but not vegetarian) cooking, and desserts with a savory spin. The 400-reference-strong wine list and impeccable (Anglophone) service make this neighborhood restaurant one worth crossing the city for. Now helmed by chef Christopher Edwards, the menu in summer 2021 is featuring plenty of peak-season produce, line-caught fish, and an incredible selection of white wine and craft beer for sipping on the sidewalk terrace.

Le Rigmarole

This small plates restaurant not far from République boasts a Japanese-accented assortment of dishes from French-American chef Robert Compagnon. Handmade pastas and yakitori are must-try items on the tasting menu. Ask for seat at the bar to see the binchotan grill at work. The team here easily caters to more (or less!) adventurous diners, with offerings like chicken sashimi and offal skewers. Co-owner Jessica Yang is the Taiwanese-American pastry chef behind the delectable desserts – save room.

Biondi

Practical information

Address: 118 rue Amelot, 75011
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8), Oberkampf (5, 9)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a couple days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 00 90 18
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Argentinean
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Reviews of interest

Paris Bouge (2016) “De la côte de bœuf à partager pour deux, ris de veau ou Saint-Jacques jusqu’au duo langoustine et pomme de terres, la braise nourrie au feu de bois enflamme les assiettes à presque tous les coups! Et quand la flamme argentine s’estompe, on s’extasie devant un millefeuille au foie gras et anguille fumée d’anthologie : gras onctueux et fumaison fusionnent et s’électrifient à coups de pickles de betterave et d’un condiment agrumes.”

Le Figaro (2016) “Cœur de bœuf fumé, déclinaison de topinambours: étonnant! Carré de sanglier, salsifis grillés, noisettes: charpenté. Tartelette aux pommes, camomille, citron vert: charmante variation de texture.”

Le Fooding (2015) “On the lunch menu when we were there: an impeccable venison and hazelnut terrine surrounded by cornichons; perfectly cooked line-caught bass with an anchovy and bergamot emulsion that was as fresh as summer dew, enlivened by pink and green radishes; and a fairytale ending with the marriage of chestnut and a fromage blanc ice cream, which was a little over-the-top in terms of presentation.”

Photo via Biondi’s Facebook page

Thank You, My Deer

Practical information

Address: 112 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3), Couronnes (2)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm; Open Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 71 93 16 24
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Gluten-free, soups & salads & sandwiches, cakes
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Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2013) “Tiny gluten-free bakery and café with very good coffee.”

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Deux Fois Plus de Piment

This is one Chinese spot that doesn’t cater to the French palate. There are signs above the cash register that attest to this fact and warn about the potential gastronomic woes that could ensue after eating the pepper-laden Szechuan fare. Whether it’s soft Mapo tofu with crumbly pork bits or cold, sesame soaked cucumber salad, everything is slicked in fire oil, with an emphasis on the oil. I like this inexpensive, informal joint all the same (or perhaps because of it). Pork raviolis & spicy cabbage are two perennial favorites, and the broccoli with garlic provides a nice respite from the burn. You can choose your own heat level on a scale of 1-5 on most dishes. Level 3 is usually tongue-searingly warm enough for a spice lover. The restaurant is quite small so a larger group should plan to either eat early, book ahead, or take it to-go.  

Soya

Practical information

Address: 20 rue de la Pierre Levée, 75011
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 48 06 33 02
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Vegetarian
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Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2012) “Une vraie cantine de bobos…95 % de la carte est bio, végétarienne et souvent sans gluten, avec des recettes «fusion» originales et savoureuses à faire pâlir d’envie leurs homologues carnivores…”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2011) “…it is downright astonishing: a vegetarian restaurant with an excellent, well-considered natural wine list.”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “…we had a pleasant meal in this relaxed, friendly bobo nest in the 11th arrondissement. Among the dishes we liked were their mezze, houmous, soy couscous, lasagna stuffed with tofu, and tofu cheesecake…”

Photo courtesy of Soya’s website

Café Chilango

Practical information

Address: 82 rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3), Oberkampf (5, 9)
Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday for lunch, Thursday-Saturday for lunch & dinner, and Sunday for brunch
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 47 00 78 95
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Mexican, coffee, vegetarian options
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2015) “Karen, l’autre chef, fait éclore de délicieux tacos: pommes de terre, graines germées, sauce verte; poulet émincé sauté sauce mole, herbes; poulet, maïs bleu, coriandre, oignon rouge; fromage, haricots rouges, crème et chou arrosés de citron vert pétaradant de fraîcheur et de piquant.”

Time Out (2015) “On y découvre avec plaisir de nombreuses spécialités mexicaines faites maison, sans gluten et à un prix plutôt raisonnable (guacamole à 6, tacos à 7, assortiment de quesadillas pour 9€). Disons-le tout net, c’est très bon.”