GREAT RESTAURANTS IN PARIS UNDER 28€

GREAT RESTAURANTS IN PARIS UNDER 28€

You don't have to break the bank to enjoy a delicious meal in Paris


GREAT RESTAURANTS IN PARIS FOR UNDER 28€

Whether it’s a neighborhood bistro, a chic lounge or a hip hangout for the young and creative, for those who search well, Paris promises unforgettable dining experiences.

BY PATRICIA LE NAOUR

Beyond internationally renowned haute cuisine, fabulous brasseries and celebrity chefs, Paris now offers a multitude of notable restaurants at very affordable prices—from venues that are great for going out with friends to those perfect for hosting business meetings, to the best spots to grab a quick yet excellent plat du jour. You’ll find the best deals at lunchtime, when many gourmet restaurants offer prix-fixe menus at very appealing prices. Around the Champs-Elysées, the place to go is the Pourcel brothers’ Sens par la compagnie des comptoirs, which serves an exceptional prix-fixe menu consisting of an appetizer, an entrée and coffee or a glass of wine—all for just 25€! Just across the Seine, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, Ze Kitchen Galerie serves a modern, inventive and refined cuisine with incredible flavors, all for the prix fixe of 23€! The chef, William Ledeuil, is a passionate traveler, and every year brings back new ideas, products and flavors from Asia. Beyond the prix-fixe menu, the wok-fried vegetables with foie gras and the carrot, fennel and turmeric emulsion are especially delicious.

CHAMPIONS OF THE QUALITY/PRICE RATIO

For only 25€, Ribouldingue offers a rogue cuisine with a superb side of beef as well as many high-quality charcuteries and a first-class wine cellar. If you’re near the Eiffel Tower, wander down Rue Saint Dominique and choose between one of Christian Constant’s three restaurants. Café Constant, with its prix-fixe menu for 27€ consisting of terrine of ham hock and foie gras with lentils, is a true bistro complete with terrines of crème anglaise (a light custard sauce) on each table.

To find the best hidden dining deals, you have to leave the city center and explore neighborhoods off the beaten path. A change of scene is guaranteed in Belleville at Baratin, whose ambiance is worthy of a Robert Doisneau postcard. You’ll see locals as well as trendsetters from some of the chicest neighborhoods who have come for the excellent cuisine and the 14€ lunch menu! Don’t miss the artichoke with chorizo and pepper vinaigrette (8€) or the fillet of pan-fried brill with parsley sauce (17€), both of which are complemented by the selection of organic wines.

A FRENCH GUIDE TO THE BEST OF PARIS AND ILE-DE-FRANCE

If you feel like practicing your French, pick up a copy of GaultMillau’s guide to Paris, Ile-de-France (12.90 €), which includes a selection of 1,700 restaurants, bars, hotels and wine cellars. It gives you everything you need to: find a restaurant with a terrace, enjoy dinner by a fireplace, find the best dinner theater, find a regional specialty, or eat out after 11PM. The guide also provides maps of the subway and various neighborhoods, addresses for bus, boat and helicopter tour companies, taxi services, airlines, bureaux de change and prominent museums.

BEST LUNCH SPECIALS

Ze Kitchen Gallery
4, rue des Grands Augustins, 6th
tel. 01 44 32 00 32
www.zekitchengalerie.fr

Sens par la compagnie des comptoirs
23, rue de Ponthieu, 8th
tel. 01 42 25 95 00
www.lacompagniedescomptoirs.com

Market, Jean Georges Vongerichten
15, av. Matignon, 8th
tel. 01 56 43 40 90
www.jean-georges.com

Alcazar
62, rue Mazarine, 6th
tel. 01 53 10 19 99
Prix-fixe up to 20 €
www.alcazar.fr (in French)

Comptoir de l’Odéon
9, carrefour de l’Odéon, 6th
tel. 01 43 29 12 05

Le Violon d’Ingres
135, rue Saint Dominique, 7th
tel. 01 45 55 14 05
www.leviolondingres.com

ALWAYS 30 € OR LESS

Ribouldingue
10, rue Saint Julien le pauvre, 5th
tel. 01 46 33 98 80

Pré Verre
8, rue Thénard 5th
tel. 01 43 54 59 47
Prix-fixe for 25.50 €
www.lepreverre.com (in French)

L’épi du pin
11, rue Dupin, 6th
tel. 01 42 22 64 56

Café Constant
139, rue Saint Dominique, 7th
tel. 01 47 53 73 34

Le Chateaubriand
129, av. Parmentier, 11th
tel. 01 43 57 45 95

Bistrot Paul Bert
18, rue Paul Bert, 11th
tel. 01 43 72 24 01

Baratin
3, rue Jouye Rouve, 20th
tel. 01 43 49 39 70