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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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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