My SO and I are in Paris for part of May and June. Here are some of the places we have been. Many times, though, we have just shopped at the wonderful markets and eaten in, which is just lovely. Staying in the 11th, very close to the 3rd. Based on this list, if anyone has any recs for us, we would be grateful.
Le Pré Verre (5th) Excellent, innovative food. Highlights were the pea guacamole and cuttle fish (seiche) and duck breast with charred melon. Service, on the other hand, was a bit dismal, especially at the end of the meal when we waited almost one hour to pay the check. I know they let you sit a long time here, but this was a bit much.
Café Des Musées (3rd) My SO said it was his favorite steak tartar of all time. Delicious frites. I prefer them a bit crunchier, but my SO thought they highlighted the beauty of the potato.
Restaurant Lilane (5th).Very good. Lamb was a highlight. Pretty affordable prix fixe for what you get.
La Pharmacie (11th) Pretty good. Asparagus appetizer was amazing, as were many of the side dishes. We thought the meat was a bit overcooked and tough. Interesting strawberry and tomato dessert.
Ober-Salé (11th) A Very intimate neighborhood restaurant featuring bold flavors and a small menu. Perhaps not for everyone. A lot of meat and everything was very rich. And rather unique. I had deliciously seasoned pork served on bread with courgettes.
Bistrot Populaire (3rd) Casual, basic, good. We ate spare ribs and quiche du jour made with a strong cheese and were happy.
Les Papilles (5th) Probably our favorite lunch. The chef's special was beef with vegetables - rustic and refined. You can order the chef's menu with 4 courses, including cheese, or just get the entrée/plat, as I did. They also have a small à la carte menu. My SO had escargot and boudin noir, which he said was the best he ever had. It's a bit expensive, especially if you order one of the wines they have by the bottle, but overall a good value for the money. The only time I wished I could get a to-go bag in Paris.
Café Breizh (3rd)
This was a great find. The Galettes are superb for a casual lunch or dinner. So is the cider. And the rhubarb dessert was crazy good. We ate lunch in the epicerie connected to the restaurant since the restaurant was full. It was perfect.
Le Tagine (11th)
Good middle eastern tagines and cous cous. We ate here our first night in town and really enjoyed it.
Chez Janou (3rd) Great, well-priced lunch formule. I had entrecote and creamed spinach with an endive salad to start and a glass of wine. Seems a bit pricey for dinner, but we found the weekday lunch to be just right.
Le Bar à Huitres (3rd) Expensive, not that great. We didn't try the oysters, so may go back for those. But there are better seafood places.
La Briciola (3rd) Popular pizza restaurant, very much like something you would see in Brooklyn. No reservations after 8PM, at least on weekend. PIzza was good and affordable, but not amazing. But then, we live in Brooklyn. Seems like a good spot for groups or families with kids.
King Falafel (3rd) There are many falafel joints in the Marais. We just picked this one out of the blue. Loved it. I had regular falafel and my SO had the merguez. Had to stand in line for about 20 minutes, and then we ate it standing on the street. But it was very good and fresh. Be sure to add extra sauce piquante. I'm sure many of the other falafel purveyors in that area are also good.
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