What’s New | Fall 2014
There have been so many new openings in the past few months that we have gained a good few kilos eating our way around town! Stay out of the winter cold by warming up in some of these great dining spots!
52 Faubourg Saint Denis
The team behind neighbourhood favorites L’Office and Richer has opened a bright new no-reservations neo-bistro on, you guessed it, rue Faubourg Saint Denis. The small menu is market-based with some Japanese and classic French flavours in the mix. The dining room has an almost industrial feel with exposed stone walls and piping but the beautifully crafted wood bar and bar stools add warmth to the light-filled room.
52 rue Faubourg Saint Denis
One of the newest restaurants on the scene, Dersou presents a new concept in dining. During lunch, their chefs serve up contemporary comfort food with creamy polenta, soups and salads for a casual and cosy feel. In the evening, however, they serve up a gastronomic tasting menu with cocktail pairings for their two dinner seatings with a much higher price tag and after 9:30pm walk-ins are welcome for a no-reservation a-la-carte menu. The small dining room is rustic-chic with a row of small tables and bar seating. The grey-brown colours of the room let you focus on the creativity behind the food and their delicious cocktails.
21 rue Saint Nicolas
Gare au Gorille
This new bistro just next to the train tracks of Gare Saint Lazare will be sure to warm your heart on a cold winter’s day! The team behind this no-frills, good food new restaurant come from Septime and this new spot is sure to attract the foodie crowd. The three-course lunch menu at 25 euro is a steal and at dinner, the menu of small plates to share will fill the mouths of Parisians for still very affordable prices. Hopefully reservations won’t get as impossible as Septime!
68 rue des Dames
This sweet little, slightly eccentric, restaurant serves up some serious Korean flare, and with a smile! It is the type of Korean food one would imagine coming from Korean households, but prepared expertly by Sukwon Yong (who studied at the Ferrandi school and worked previously at Ze Kitchen Galerie) with finely chosen French ingredients. The small bright dining room has one line of tables and bar seating to comfortably fit 15 people, or so. The decor is fun, bright and will be sure to put a smile on your face.
13 rue du Vertbois
A poppin’ taco bar started by two cute ex-Frenchie chefs ranged high on our list of places to check out this fall. The guacamole, sangria and margaritas set a great stage and the lamb taco really took the spotlight. We missed some good chunky salsa on some of the tacos but their homemade hot sauce was enough to satisfy us. Great lively atmosphere. No reservations, so be sure to pop in before peak dining hours.
24 Rue Henry Monnier
Hidden by an elegant and mysterious doorway, Porte 12 was opened by the star Taiwanese chef André Chiang from Singapore. The decor is cosy and professional with clean lines, warm deep blue upholstery and from the atrium ceiling hang chandeliers that look like corsets, reminiscent of the days when the pace was occupied by an old lingerie atelier. The cuisine is market based and contains flavour combinations that will set your tastebuds dancing. Go for lunch and grab the lunch menu for a steal at €28-35 .
12 Rue des Messageries
Located a stone’s throw away from the Tuileries metro and gardens, this Franco-Japanese eatery offers a menu based on small plates to share. Chef Lucas Felzine, formerly of L’Arpège and Ze Kitchen Galerie sends out exciting plates from the minimalist bar upstairs. Start with one of their creative cocktails before ordering from the menu, meant to be shared with the table, and enjoy the bursts of Peruvian pops of flavour into the dishes as well as seasonal accents.
7, rue du 29 Juillet
This sleek restaurant located just off of the Arc de Triumph is the perfect place to woo a Japanese business prospect, or really any business or social prospect in general! After stints at Senderens, Passage 53 and more, chef Ryuji Teshima has brought together a talented team in his new restaurant, Pages. The open kitchen is run like clockwork and guests dine on the finest ingredients, including the star of the 65 euro menu, the Kobe beef, that is seared perfectly on the rare Binchotan charcoal stove. Dining at Pages feels like a dream.
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