Les Trois Baudets, Valhere & Gluten Free Restautant ‘Des si et des Mets ‘

by Erica Berman


Last night I attended the French rock concert of Valhere at the newly opened concert halle  ‘Les Trois Baudets’ in Montmartre – Serge Gainsbourg, George Brassens, Jacques Brel and Juliet Greco all had their start in this club that opened in 1947 & closed in 1967. Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe worked hard to reopen it and after years of construction, the inauguration took place last week. It will be a concert hall to help promote young French artists and ‘chanson française’. After the show, 3 friends and I went to dinner in Montmartre at ‘Des Si et des Mets’, the only completely gluten free restaurant in Paris.  While the ambiance was cosy and service unobtrusive, the food was above average but replete with a bit too many sauces and creams for my taste. As the restaurant has only been open for a few months, I assume they are still working out the kinks and things will only improve going forward. Homemade whole grain gluten free bread, lamb shoulder with winter vegetables and raisins & yummy cheesecake with a gluten free crust, were our favorites. The mushroom raviolies were tasty and would have been best appreciated ‘sans’ the cream sauce in which they were presented. My vegetarian option of a mixed veggie cake, arrugula salad & baked potato was lovely but for the the sticky balsamic teriyaki sauce in which it was drenched masking the flavors of all the vegetables. The gobs of sour cream and cheese topping on the potato would have been best left behind. The idea is fabulous as Gluten intolerance is becoming far too common. Definitely worth a try.

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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Erica Berman's Website

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One comment on “Les Trois Baudets, Valhere & Gluten Free Restautant ‘Des si et des Mets ‘

Sounds delicious! Although traditional French cuisine can’t be beat, it’s great to hear that some alternative dining options are opening up in Paris.

For chanson française, jazz, and exhibition space, try also –

On the Canal St Martin:
“Espace Jemmapes” in the Canal St. Martin area of the 10eme.

In Montmartre:

La Boule Noire– small divey concert hall often featuring heavier rock & pop acts

La Cigale:
A more classic, but still small (holds 1389 people), concert hall where you can see anyone from the likes of Ani Di franco, Jack Johnson, Lenny Kravitz, and Andrew Bird to Feist, Keren Ann, Amadou & Mariam, Air, Justice and more traditional French rock.
Decorated in 1987 by Starck this is a great place for world music, avant garde & just plain chanson française.

Elsewhere in Paris in the 20th right by the new HIP hotel ‘Mama Shelter’:
La Fleche d’Or, 102 BIS RUE DE BAGNOLET 75020 PARIS
-sleek lounge & dance hall featuring unbeatable up-and-coming acts. often free entry (as long as you buy one drink during the night). heavily laptop-electro-pop oriented, and don’t expect to see the headlining act take stage until at least 2am.

For small acts in the great Menilmontant neighborhood:

La Maroquinerie, 23 RUE BOYER, 75020 PARIS

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