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Paris: A local’s food picks

April 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

27 Rue Malar, 75007 Paris, France   [01 47 05 86 89‎]    website
L Amie JeanSmall bistro specializing in updated yet traditional French fare. Not too dressy but definitely not a shorts and t-shirt place. Closed in August.
28, Clos des Blancs-Manteaux, 75004 Paris, France   [01 42 74 40 15]
MonjulWell thought out menu and interior make Monjul worthwhile. A couple will get away with a great meal, a bottle of wine and a Kir Royal for no less than €100.
Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006 6ème Arrondissement, Paris, France   [+33 (0)1 44 27 07 97 ]    website
 Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-GermainYou can find it right off the main square of Odeon in Saint German. Le Comptoir is a bistro that is great anytime from noon to six for a light snack or lunch. Reservations for dinner are hard to come by as the bistro only seats 20, however stop by for a lunch and it is 1st to arrive. At night the bistro spruces up with more haute fare. Lunch is until 18:00 / 6:00pm.
41, Rue Saint-Louis en l'Ile, 75004 4ème Arrondissement, Paris, France   [+33 (01) 43 54 75 42]    website
Au Sergent RecruteurMassive eating 40Euros buys you all you can eat and drink. Family style with authentic style decor from Louis XIII.
30 Rue des Cinq Diamants, 75013 Paris, France
Chez GladinesFantastic value, exciting atmosphere and all around authentic experience. Expect to wait but the bill and food are worth it. Do not be intimidated by the chaos just get your name on the list, grab a drink and enjoy the night.
22 Rue du Pot de Fer, 75005 Paris, France
Auberge-Restaurant Le Pot de TerreBills itself as a Medieval style restaurant. However, food is good and very reasonable. Think of this place as good, but mostly cheap.
Rue Mouffetard, 75005 París, France
AU P TIT GRECCrepes and more. Very well liked as can be seen by the frequently long lines.
Salmon and mussels from L'ami Jean

Salmon and mussel starter from L'Amie Jean

By Sarah— Living in a great city like Paris we often receive the questions:  where do you recommend us going to eat?  which are your favorite places?  Looking back on the last two years and all the delicious meals we’ve eaten, sublime wine we’ve sipped and fantastic atmospheres we’ve enjoyed we have acquired quite a lengthy list of worthwhile places. So here we have our favorites, not necessarily the best in all of Paris, but definitely the locations we frequent.  This list is composed of  the places we have found to be the most interesting, most consistent and best value for the Euro that we have experienced… so far.

After no more ado, here are our Paris favorites arranged from most to least expensive.

L’Amie Jean: Not overly expensive but not cheap either, this little French bistro delivers a quality and authentic dining experience.  The chef Stephane Jego subscribes to idea that haute cusine does not have to be a budget breaker.  The menu focuses on traditional French cooking but Stephane dishes it out in a new and inventive way.  If you are looking for good French food with an interesting twist, we highly recommend this place. Expect the bill to tally around €120 (for two) with a decent bottle of wine and after dinner drinks. A reservation is required.

Monjul: A meal here will run around €110 for two including wine, but the Asian + French fusion warrants the price. This is one of my favorite restaurants not only because I have enjoyed many meals here but because of the, “this is the best meal ever!” comments that our guests make.  My only complaint is that they change their menu infrequently so I tend not to back as often as I would like to. Each dish is unique and interesting in ways even a hardened foodie will find interesting,  with such delectable treats as the silly sounding, yet scrumptious, porky-snacky they have so many things right that they do not need to change their menu often. Recommendations necessary.

Le Comptoir de Relais: Classic sidewalk cafe in the heart of Sant Germain des Pris, which is an area that is great for people watching and relaxing.  Perfect for an afternoon of eating traditional French pates, cheeses and meats while enjoying one of Paris’ most famous neighborhoods without the hefty price-tags of the more famous Cafés just down the street.

Au Sergent Recruteur: All you can eat: Mid-priced classic French country cooking (and a lot of it). We were a bit hesitant to go here the first time, but it was a fun experience. If you have a good group of people and like to not worry about running up the bill with wine then we fully recommend this rustic food barn reminiscent of what you might expect to find in the French countryside after a long carriage ride in the 19th Century.  The food is hearty and plentiful meal starts with a huge basket of fresh veggies and a tasty vinaigrette.  That segways into an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord board of meats, salamis and pates. Wait!  There’s more!  Then there is the main course which is followed by a board of cheeses.  Oh, did I mention that limitless wine is included?  Sure you will be hard pressed to find a Frenchman in here but this place is perfect for getting a good meal and not worrying about running up the bill as the cost is €47 per person without any “surprises” at the end.  Reservations should be made but you can often get a table without.


Bacon and chevre salad from Chez Gladine runs less than €8

Chez Gladine: Cheap, Basque, Lively. In Buttes aux Cailles, this off-the-beaten tourist-path bistro is at maximum capacity every night with French students.  If you arrive any later than 8:00 be prepared for a 30 plus minute wait outside.  But don’t worry, push your way to the bar and order a bottle of wine or beer and enjoy the party outside.  Even though it seems chaotic the staff is friendly (they do speak enough English to put your name on the list and make recommendations), yet efficient at handling the volume of people.  The food is good and basic and there is a lot of dishes so you can’t go wrong. The salads are huge, the duck is delish, and the gateaux basque is sweet.  Don’t be intimidated by the wait or the chaos.  Chez Gladine is a great experience.

Le Pot de Terre: Cheap, French, Touristic. If you are a foodie – don’t bother with this place; however, if you in the mood for decent food without a hefty price tag, then give it a shot. This is a no fuss, no muss restaurant that some would consider very touristy but there are also always a lot of French customers as well.   We always leave satisfied. No reservations necessary.

Au’Petit Grec: Cheap as it can be, Creperie,  Standing room only. On Rue Mouffetard, you can’t miss Au’Petit Grec because it almost always has a line even if the other adjacent creperies are vacant of even a single customer.  The most interesting crepe place we have found which serves up the French staple with a Greek twist.  I like to get here at least once every two weeks for Friday night dinner.  My favorites are the tarama, feta, olives with tomato and lettuce, the bolognese, and the savoyarde. All around good and copious food.

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  • 1 Debster // Jun 2, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Sarah, hope you don’t mind me asking. I have visited Paris numerous times and decided that on my big birthday this year, I would invite some friends to meet me in Paris for dinner. There will be 17 of us so I chose Au Sergent Recruteur for obvious reasons, and I have eaten there twice so am happy with it. However, now that all the travel and hotels have been booked I went to the restaurant’s website so that I could send the link to friends and it is no longer there. There is a weird looking website using the same name. I last dined in this restaurant in October 2011. Do you know if it has closed or what has happened? Any help you can give would be much appreciated. Thanks

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