Rue Paul Bert and the surrounding streets of the 11th arrondissement of Paris are a gastronomic haven dominated by two well-known chefs: Bertrand Auboyneau and Cyril Lignac.
Bertrand Auboyneau’s Bistrot Paul Bert
Bertrand Auboyneau is a French restaurateur with no less than four addresses all on Rue Paul Bert: Bistrot Paul Bert, Le 6 Paul Bert, L’Ecailler, and La Cave Paul Bert.
Le 6 Paul Bert is a neo-bistro serving up elevated small plates thanks to a unique concept: young international chefs take over the kitchen for a period of time.
At the nautical L’Ecailler, the focus is fresh seafood and oysters, while cozy La Cave Paul Bert is a wine bar serving small plates. But we’re here to talk about the Bistrot Paul Bert.
Bistrot Paul Bert is a tried-and-true classic. This is the kind of place that is perfect to take friends or family when they’re visiting Paris when you want to show them what traditional French cuisine is all about.
With a chalkboard menu that’s brought to your table, Bistrot Paul Bert serves up one of the best steak frites in Paris, and a delicious light and fluffy soufflé au Grand Marnier the size of your hand. The 19€ lunch menu is a steal, but if you’re going for dinner, reservations are recommended.
Cyril Lignac’s Le Chardenoux
Cyril Lignac is a French chef whose Le Quinzieme in the arrondissement by the same name has been awarded one Michelin star. Lignac has three addresses at the end of Rue Paul Bert: Le Chardenoux, La Pâtisserie, and La Chocolaterie.
At La Pâtisserie, Lignac teams up with pastry chef Benoît Couvrand to offer delectable breads, pastries, and desserts such as their signature creation l’Équinoxe, as well as other classics such as the rum baba, lemon tart, and vanilla flan.
La Chocolaterie is Liganc and Couvrand’s very own real-life chocolate factory dedicated to all things cocoa: chocolates, brioche, muffins, cookies, spreads, and hot chocolate. But before you indulge in dessert head to Lignac’s restaurant, Le Chardenoux.
Le Chardenoux has just re-opened after a year of renovations, which have truly transformed the space. This petite Parisian bistro and classified historic monument has been given a contemporary twist, with a beautiful hand-painted green foliage ceiling and glamorous gold chandeliers.
Reflecting the pale green walls of the restaurant, the menu focuses on seafood, featuring a delicious tuna tartare with avocado, ponzu, and wasabi relish served in what looks like a fish bowl, and Lignac’s version of fish ’n’ chips with sole, eggplant tempura, and tartar sauce. For dessert? Try the most perfectly light and crisp millefeuille.
Whether you crave the traditional cuisine of Bistrot Paul Bert, or the modern Le Chardenoux, Rue Paul Bert is a hot spot where you can’t go wrong if you’re seeking exemplary French cuisine.
- For traditional French food on a budget, head to Bouillon Julien.
- On the hunt for soufflé in Paris? Check out our round-up.
- Cheese-lovers should pay a visit to La Laiterie de Paris.
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