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Eating our way through Paris—encore

Stanley Moss provides a useful first-hand review of some of the better places to eat in Paris that Lucire has sampled over the last few months
Photographed by the author and Paula Sweet
December 25, 2021/11.09

Wait around long enough in Paris and you’ll stumble upon evidence of a new ephemeral culinary concept. This season it’s nomadic restaurants. They pop up here and there, not intended to last that long, run by adventurous young chefs, usually on the pricey side. Exciting, inventive menus can be found, the most popular cuisines being vegan, Peruvian and Mexican. Strike now before they fade away. The donut craze which infected Paris in 2021 seems to be on its last legs. People once stood in line for them; we’re ready to move on!

Lucire presents un petit menu of more solid standards which we have personally tasted and tested over the last few months while living here. They run the gambit from sidewalk cafés to traditional brasseries to the decidedly chi-chi.

Above: Chef Francesco Bertuna.

10 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005, 33 1 43-26-52-12

This zesty and atypical Left Bank jewel features Sicilian cuisine from the expert hand of chef Francesco Bertuna. It’s a small room, a minimalist grey-walled post-industrial setting accented mostly by flavourful, lively specialties, dazzling miracles from a compact kitchen tucked away in the back. New twists on the classic spicy style of a Catania nonna that never cease to surprise and delight. Family-friendly, with a great wine list, moderate price, lunch. Reservations suggested.

Au Crus de Bourgogne 1932
3 rue Bachaumont, 75002, 33 1 42-33-48-24

Top: Steak au poivre and classic frites. Above left: Cheese platter. Above right: Mille-feuille.

A neighbourhood institution since 1932, this traditional brasserie has authenticity, style and charm. Plus a Chateaubriand worthy of its namesake. Expert wait staff, and a small private room seating eight, tucked behind classic frosted glass. In a place like this you can’t go wrong with the daily menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
La Méthode
2 rue Descartes, 75005, 33 1 43-54-22-43

Top left: Scallop starter. Top right: Venison entrée. Above left: Bavette au poivre with rustic potatoes. Above right: Tarte au citron “deux types”. Below left: Classic oignon gratinée.

This brasserie located in a 15th-century house in the shadow of the Pantheon, facing the venerable church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, has outdoor tables, and vintage interior dining, with an outstanding, rustic and traditional menu, featuring super-warm hospitality. You can’t go wrong with the traditional onion soup (oignon gratinée) or a picturesque steak frites. Save room for the home-made tarte au citron “deux types”, a mousse-like upside-down delicacy.

Le Compas
62 rue Montorgueil, 75002, 33 1 42-33-94-73

Header photo: Stanley Moss at an outdoor table. Above, from top: Table and street. A selection of plates. Rue Montorgeuil, always populated. Rue Montorgeuil by night. Street scene by day. Steak frites with Béarnaise.

A neighbourhood bistro whose outdoor tables wrap around the corner of rue Marie Stuart, with prime views of pedestrians passing by on the famous lane. A classic menu of croques, burgers, and typical bill of fare. We keep coming back for its bustling ambience, mix of locals and tourists, and career waiters interested in delivering quick, friendly service.
Restaurant Le Square Trousseau
1 rue Antoine Vollon, 75012, 33 1 43-43-06-00

Top left: Tarte au citron meringuée. Top right: Omelette of seasonal crêpes. Above: Mousse au chocolat.

A classic, luxurious Beaux-Arts interior and a fine kitchen. You could be supping in the Gilded Age, enjoying an outstanding daily or seasonal special under soft, glowing illumination. Located in the southeast corner of Paris, across from a green space in a residential quarter near Bastille. Outdoor seating, but the inside tables and ambient sounds are the real thing.
29 rue Vivienne, 75002, 33 1 40-20-04-62

Above: Carousel of fresh oysters.

Dating from 1918, this classic brasserie is always bustling. Gigantic seafood carousels and a splendid selection of fresh oysters, traditional grills, classic sides. We’re fidèle to this fantastic room with its exceptional wine list and always delectable entrées. Reservations a must.
Restaurant La Halle aux Grains
Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection
2 rue de Viarmes, 75001, 33 1 82-71-71-60

Above, from top: The industrial kitchen. Amazing mille-feuille. Elegant take on the classic pavlova.

Your Lucire culinary spies anonymously reserved at this highly acclaimed restaurant for a stealthy dinner. Last season you couldn’t get in. The food was outstanding and the service expert. We overdid it with the dégustation menu, six courses of world-class delight at the extravagant price of around €100 per person. But one expects more from this standard of luxury price. The views from the tables barely exist. The furnishings are so cold and bland they could only have been chosen to throw light on the food. No tablecloths! To even get into the place you are first made to stand outside behind barriers, then put through a gauntlet of protocols and mais non, monsieur, we regret the table cannot be changed. Should you choose to cancel, €100 is charged on your overtaxed credit card. You might prefer a return to the Jules Verne restaurant at the Tour Eiffel, for its renowned cuisine, location, views and well deserved bragging rights.—Stanley Moss, Travel Editor

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