Bouillon Julien

16 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Denis (10) Tel: 01-47-70-12-06 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR What a great lunch! Deep in the racially/economically mixed 10th on a market street steps from the Metro, an original but revived 1906 art nouveau workers Read more

Brasserie Lutetia

43 Boulevard Raspail (6) Tel:  01-49-54-46-46 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR 2018-2019 has not been the best year for Paris.  The Yellow Vest protests have been disruptive and disturbing, but one high note has been the reopening following five Read more


39 Rue Des Jeuneurs (2) Tel: 01-40-20-06-06 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR Joia is the second Paris restaurant of the chef Helene Darroze, whose other restaurant, a more formal Michelin 1 Star, reopens following a major renovation in a Read more

Rigamarole (Le)

10 Rue Du Grand Prieure (11) Tel: 01-71-24-58-44 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR The food isn’t fussy but the history is. Opened in late 2017, Rigamarole is a small space in the 11th, around the corner from Clown Bar Read more

Cafe Marly (Le)

93 Rue de Rivoli (1) Tel:  01-49-26-06-60 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR The best thing which can be written about Café Marly – maybe the only thing – is its prime location literally in the building of the Louvre Read more

Restaurant Biscotte

22 Rue Desnouettes (15) Tel: 01-45-33-22-22 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR There has been a drift in this Diary over its brief history toward more expensive, more high-profile restaurants. Maybe it is because of the leads we receive; what Read more

Bouillon Pigalle

22 Boulevard de Clichy (18) Tel:  01-42-59-69-31 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR When I wrote about Bouillon Chartier in 2011 (see 9th Arr.), I said:  “You’ll probably want to see this restaurant, but maybe not eat there”. Now, the Read more

MaZenay (Le)

46 Rue de Montmorency (3) Tel: 06-42-83-79-52 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR Among literally thousands of named, but otherwise nameless, small restaurants which dot virtually every block of greater Paris, only a handful combine seriousness, ambition and skill. How Read more


47 Rue de Richelieu (1) Tel:  01-42-97-46-49 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR A long-established wine bar begun by an English-born owner, now evolved into a small, popular restaurant in the second generation.  His daughter, one of two very busy Read more

Oseille (L’)

3 Rue Saint Augustin (2) Tel: 01-45-08-13-76 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR Our last night in Paris on a recent 2 week visit. Tired, stuffed, but we must eat dinner. We’ll try an unknown name recommended by American/Paris acquaintances Read more

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