Posts Tagged ‘bistros’

Leg of lamb at Le Basilic, a hidden gem of a Paris bistro in the 7th Arrondissement near Les Invalides.

Le Basilic

A friend invited me to dinner in the 7th Arrondissement last week. It wasn’t a restaurant I knew, so I did a quick scan on the Internet for some information, and there wasn’t much to be found. So it was with some trepidation that I joined her at the Paris bistro Le Basilic. I’m tempted to keep it off the radar, but it was such a delight that I must share.

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Onion soup at Terroir Parisien, the affordable bistro in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris helmed by the three-star Michelin chef Yannick Alléno.

Terroir Parisien

Having had the good fortune—and the emphasis is definitely on “fortune”—to dine at the three-star Michelin restaurant Le Meurice, I was happy to learn that I wouldn’t have to save up for a few more years before I tasted Yannick Alléno’s wonderful cooking again. Chef Alléno recently opened a casual Paris bistro in the 5th, the much more affordable yet equally enjoyable Terroir Parisien.

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Les Affranchis

When I’m walking around Paris, I’m always amazed at the number of bistros on every corner and everywhere in between. I wonder how they can all stay in business, and I’m equally curious when I continue to see new spots opening on a very regular basis. Les Affranchis recently joined the bevy of Paris bistros giving it a go in this city.

On the chefs’ side is a solid pedigree […]

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Tartare de saumon

Tartare de Saumon with Piment d’Espelette

Tartare de saumon (salmon tartare) is a great example of a modern classic that features regularly on the menu of Paris bistros.

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Sometimes the Paris food world can take itself a little too seriously. Plenty of Paris bistros will wedge you into an armless upright chair, between side-by-side wooden tables, with the usual suspects listed on the menu like a shopping list: foie gras, pâté, charcuterie. When I’m going out with a group or celebrating a friend’s birthday, I like a little more oomph to my meal and atmosphere. Derrière is just the place to liven up any special occasion.

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Rump steak and faux filet at Le Severo, a Paris bistro in the 14th Arrondissement that specializes in steak frites

Le Severo

When people ask me where to go for steak frites, Le Severo is where I send them. This Paris bistro, in a quiet residential area of the 14th Arrondissement, is run by William Bernet, a former butcher who honors the quality of his steaks by cooking them very well.

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Paris Restaurant Reviews: Le Verre Volé

There seems to be no end to the cave à manger trend—wine shops where you can also eat. Some are proper Paris bistros; others offer little more than cheese and charcuterie in the way of comestibles. Le Verre Volé is a longstanding, mostly beloved stalwart of this scene, a bare-bones, canal-side canteen whose style has only ever been in its substance. That substance is the vin naturel—the nothing-added, unfiltered, minimally manipulated wine—lining the walls here.

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White bean purée with squid and ham at Aux Verres de Contact, Guillaume Délage's new bistro in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris

Aux Verres de Contact

Jadis, in the 15th Arrondissement, has joined the parade of Paris bistros that have opened offshoots, with a new address in the 5th called Aux Verres de Contact.

The name means “contact lenses,” […]

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Ratatouille with tapenade and toast at Chez Janou, a good-vibes Provençal bistro in the 3rd Arrondissement of Paris

Chez Janou

I’ve been to Chez Janou a few times over the years and only ever had fun. But it has very little to do with the food.

On a quiet corner behind the place des Vosges, this Paris bistro occupies a prime piece of real estate. The crowd is mixed, attractive and lively, and it’s hard not to be swept up […]

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Monkfish with eggplant purée at Chez Casimir, the bargain bistro cousin of Chez Michel in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris

Chez Casimir

Just one door down from its more famous (and more expensive) sibling Chez Michel, this Paris bistro has been on my list for a while.

When we arrived on a mild evening last week, the place was packed. So was the terrace, mostly with locals, mostly happy, and for good reason […]

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There is plenty to like about L’Hédoniste, a new bistro near the rue Montorgueil, starting with the warm welcome. Owner Arthur Pétillault (a former food writer) presides over the room with a smile and eagerness to please.

It’s an old space, with exposed beams and stone walls. The partly open […]

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Herring with mustard, nori and dill at Le Cotte Rôti, a Paris bistro in the 12th Arrondissement

Le Cotte Rôti

The good news is that Le Cotte Rôti, a contemporary Paris bistro near the Marché d’Aligre, has gotten a makeover. The new gray scheme is a marked improvement over the horrendous black and orange situation they had going before, but the old less-is-more dictum has been ignored, and the results feel dated despite being new.

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Salt-roasted celery root at Chatomat, a Paris bistro in the 20th Arrondissement


A late-summer surprise has sprung up in Ménilmontant. Chatomat, a Paris bistro in the far reaches of the 20th, has garnered plenty of buzz in its early days, and I don’t expect it to die down any time soon.

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La Table d’Eugène

Everyone likes a hidden gem, a special address in an unlikely part of town, in this case the other side of Montmartre, a quiet pocket of streets between the tourist masses around Sacré Coeur and the raucous street scenes on the boulevard Barbès. This is a gastronomic no-man’s-land, so it is not surprising that La Table d’Eugène, a contemporary […]

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This neighborhood bistro in the 9th—on a wonderful stretch of food real estate that includes Vivant and L’Orient d’Or—has been a Foodie Fave once before. But recently it got a slight makeover, plus an infusion of American blood in the kitchen, and I’d heard good things.

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