Last week-end a friend of mine from Chicago came to visit me in Paris for a few days.
Unwilling to miss out on any Parisian gourmet delights, we were well-prepared for the visit, armed with Zagat and Michelin guides as well as advice from friends. So if you are in Paris for a few days and would like to enjoy some new Parisian restaurants (all tinted with red):
– Have breakfast or lunch at Café de l’Alma
Before going there I had my reservations (no pun intended). The critiques I found on the website about this relatively new and contemporary restaurant were not positive. Many did not like the service or prices. Luckily, it turned out we had no reason to worry. This elegant French café-restaurant on the left bank, not far from the Eiffel Tower, offers excellent steak tartare, rare done tuna fish and carpaccio de boeuf. It is also open for breakfast from 7.30 am, offering one of the best café crème, coffee with milk, I had ever had in Paris. True, the restaurant is a bit on a pricy side (starting from 18€ per course), and it also closely resembles the style and menus of the Costes Restaurants, but such establishments are not very common near the Eiffel Tower — for some reason most restaurants in the area tend to be more traditional— also the food and service were excellent.
How to get there: 5 Avenue Rapp, 75007 Paris, Metro: Pont de l’Alma, tel. for reservations: +33 (0)1 45 51 56 74.
– Dinner at Les Clos des Gourmets
For dinner try Les Clos des Gourmets (on the same street as Café de l’Alma). An elegant and cosy family-run restaurant, it offers two fixed-price menus in the evening at 34€ and 38€ which include a vast choice of the most appetizing and beautifully-presented entrées, main dishes and desserts. I had a “Vegetable risotto” (decorated with red vegetables) followed by a “Brittany biscuit, Cléry strawberries, tonka-scented (vanilla-like falvor) Chantilly (whipped cream)” – while my friend opted for rare done “Black Angus beef à la plancha” followed by an “Iced rhubarb and raspberry vacherin with crunchy meringue”. Everything on the menu is absolutely delicious, making the restaurant unbeatable for its quality/price ratio. No wonder that this establishment, which has two dinner services —at 19.30 and 21.30 —is fully packed. Reservations are a must.
How to get there: 16 Avenue Rapp, 75007 Paris, Metro: Pont de l’Alma, tel. for reservations: +33 (0) 01 45 51 75 61.
– If you are going to Musée d’Orsay have a lunch at Chez Graff café.
Difficult to find a nice place for lunch near the museum. This restaurant, with its name written in red, situated on the same street and only a few-minute walk away from the museum, offers such an occasion. This very small and pretty, traditionally-designed restaurant has modern cuisine, costing around 19€ per course or 24€ for the fixed menu.
How to get there: 62 Rue de Bellechasse, 75007 Paris, Metro: Musée d’Orsay, tel for reservations +33 (0)1 45 51 33 42.
– Dinner at Charbon Rouge – Red Charcoal
If you find yourself in the evening wondering around the Champs Elysees, have dinner at Chabron Rouge, which offers delicious steaks and hamburgers at reasonable (for the neighborhood) prices (starting from 25€) and a fine choice of international wine (starting from 5€ per glass).
How to get there: 25 Rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris, Metro: Franklin Roosvelt, Tel for reservations +33 (0)1 40 70 09 99
Enjoy your gourmet stay in Paris and let me know how you liked it!