Last week I tried to define what was “typical French food in Paris,” this week I’ll go to where to get it.
As my loyal readers know, I’ve already covered bistros and quite frankly, brasseries now bore me so I’ll venture a bit more broadly.
Clearly, much of the exciting stuff in Paris is happening at Asian-influenced places, like Ze and MBC, or more purely Asian places like Sola and Kei, but I don’t sense that’s what the questioner wants answered.
The heart of her FAQ is; “[W]here would you take your friends and family for something delicious.”
So let’s give it a go.
First a disclaimer; when the family is Colette, she sets the agenda based on her inscrutable rating system in a secret tiny red spiral notebook by her chair. She loves Ze Kitchen Galerie, the Repaire de Cartouche and the Petit Marguery and many others of their ilk.
When the family includes the kids and grand-kiddies, there are the requisite visits to mussels/frites, soufflé and crepes palaces.
And when most of my friends come when Colette is not in residence, I tell them if they want chow, I eat out in new places only so they pays their money and takes their chances.
But in thinking about the question I decided to divide the answer into four types of “typical French food in Paris: typical - well known; twists on the typical – well known; typical – unknown; and twists on the traditional – unknown.
Typical - well known - l'Ami Louis, Aux Lyonnais, Relais d'Entrecote, Brasseries (you name them) – but I wouldn't take friends to a one, except the Relais d’Entrecote.
Twists on the Traditional - well known - L'Ami Jean, La Regalade 1 or 2, Spring, Josephine aka Chez Dumonet - I would take friends to any or all.
Typical - unknown – Septime (but getting known fast), Qui Plume la Lune, Tintilou & Vivant – again I would take friends to any or all.
Twists on the Traditional - unknown - Galopin, l'Auberge du 15, l'Antre Amis – once again I would take friends to any or all.
So, aside from my suggestion last week of Les Gourmets de Ternes, here are the coordinates of five of my favorites (all should be searchable on the site) where I’d go:
Le Regalade St Honore
123, Rue St Honore in the 1st (Metro: Louvre-Rivoli)
Menu at 33 E.
6, rue Bailleul in the 1st (Metro: Louvre-Rivoli)
Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday, lunch Wednesday-Friday I think.
Lunches now 38, 6-course dinner menu 64 €, small plates in the Buvette at night about 6-7 €.
37, bis rue de Montreuil in the 11th, (Metro: Faidherbe-Chalingny)
Lunch bento= 25 E; 35 E a la carte
34 Rue (and Place) Sainte Marthe in the 10th, (Metro: Belleville)
Closed Sunday and Monday
Lunch menu 25 E
Vivant (not Le or La or Les as himself reminded me)
43 rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th (Metro = Chateau d'Eau or Strasbourg-Saint-Denis)
Closed Saturday and Sunday
A la carte 40-50 E.
Josephine aka Chez Dumonet
117, rue du Cherche-Midi, 6th (Metro : Duroc)
T : 01.45.48.52.40
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Menus 25, 70, 75 €, a la carte 50-75 €.