Warning: Don’t read this on a FULL Stomach!
Is it possible to have a bad meal in Paris?
Oh yes, but most of the time eating out in this city is wonderful — a feast for the senses.
I generally frequent the local bistros wherever I am staying there, BUT I have a wishlist of older establishments that are on my fine dining wishlist.
My top three have sumptuous old-world decors right out of La Belle Epoque.
They are all at least 100 years, are renowned, and quite reasonably priced when you consider that just lunch at Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower runs about 230 Euros per person.
You have likely heard of this one, located in, of all places, a train station, at the Gare de Lyon. But not like any train station resto you have ever seen!
It is like walking into one of the grand salons at the Versailles Palace — chandeliers, gilding, wood paneling, blue leather antique chairs and banquettes, and intricately painted walls and ceilings worthy of Michelangelo.
I would spend my entire meal looking up.
Here is the taste of the menu:
6 large escargots de Bourgogne Label Rouge
Caesar Salad suprême with Chicken, Parmesan, and romaine lettuce
Butcher’s Steak, with shallot sauce and frites maison
Cod fillet with sauce grenobloise, pured potatoes,
Duck Confit with parsley potatoes
Tiramisu façon “Procopio”
Baba au Rhum, Chantilly maison
Sorbet au citron, Limoncello
This restaurant was created in 1896 by two brothers, Frédéric and Camille Chartier, in a building resembling a railway station concourse.
The fun thing about this brasserie is that tables are sometimes shared if it is busy so you can often end up enjoying a meal meeting and making new friends.
And while the decor is very much old-world LITE, so are the prices! I have left this menu mostly in French. See what you can recognize.
Sauté de veau (veal) Marengo 11,20€
Choucroute alsacienne 10,80€
Pavé de rumsteack (rump steak) sauce poivre, frites fraîches 11, 40 €
Pied de porc (pork feet) “Félicie” grilles, frites fraîches 10, 50
Tete de veau (calf’s head) sauce Gribiche, 11,80 €
Poulet fermier rôti, frites fraîches 9€
Is your mouth watering yet?
Paris Book Club
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to buy a house in the French countryside, this is the book for you?
In My Good Life in France, Janine Marsh’s journey begins with a trip across the English channel to pick up some cheap (but very good I am sure) French wine. It is on that trip where Janine finds herself putting in an offer on a rundown old barn in the area of Pas de Calais. And voila, she begins her new adventure living in rural France.
Don’t expect another Under the Tuscan Sun story. There is no endless sunshine or sexy Italian men, although her husband sounds like a real doll. It is fantasy turned into real life with a lot of sweat, colourful characters, and a growing menagerie of cats, dogs, chickens, and ducks that have names like Gregory Peck and Ginger Rogers.
I was enraptured and now follow Janine on her website — https://www.thegoodlifefrance.com/
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.