ChoiceFancy mimosa eggs, empanadas, beans, hamburgers, toasted paté or couscous? Here, for each of the twenty Parisian arrondissements, is our selection of five restaurants to enjoy without breaking the bank.
This selection is not just another list of the best Parisian restaurants, the most typical harbors or the trendiest tables. This is a loving selection of gourmet places that we would recommend to a friend or friend who is arriving in the capital or has to dine in an unfamiliar area.
Eligibility criteria for specific purposes: a formula that allows you to dine for 20 euros or less (prices are respected at the time of our visit), seasonal products that are not imported from the other side of the planet, a welcome smile.
Other, more personal arguments tipped the scales: the selected establishments are canteens in the noblest sense of the word, places where you can imagine yourself returning, and returning again to taste, why not, this pie? eye on the neighbor’s table.
Admittedly, the result seems to be very patchy, mixing plump establishments that have set up shop and classy eateries where Manchurian delicacies can be sampled; delikatessen, where you feast on wild Baltic salmon and top-notch kebabs… But basically, these great addresses have the same philosophy in common: the pleasure of delighting customers at a reasonable price, often at the cost of great effort in the kitchen. We hope that this pleasure will be contagious!
1 – Petit Bouillon Faramond
For us, this is the best bouillon in Paris (those metropolitan restaurants offering inexpensive traditional cuisine). Created in 1832 near Les Halles, this establishment served bourgeois dishes inspired by Norman cuisine in a Belle Epoque setting. The two partners who took over the business in 2019 kept the furnishings (floral pottery, mirrors, woodwork) and redesigned the kitchen by cutting prices.
Tripe à la mode de Caen (€10.90) is always on the menu and generously served in a steaming pot. But otherwise, it masterfully copes with the classics of Parisian pubs: mimosa eggs (only 1.90 euros); bone marrow overflowing from a plate (€4.10); beef burgundy in shells (10.50 euros)… For almost the entire menu, the owners receive their supplies directly from the producers.
Two small shadows on the board: bottles of wine (4 euros for 25 centilitres) are passable and you can’t book in this crowded place all week. Arrive early.
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