Mamma mia! But what is that? Virgin olive oil, polenta, Italian wines, sundried tomatoes from Apulia, fresh Ricotta, not to mention the almond milk and the Cosenza figs… A paradise for all who cherish the tastes from ‘the boot’! Jules, an admirer of Italian cuisine, doesn’t hesitate to take il suo amore to RAP, a fine Italian delicatessen which has been transformed into a chic restaurant.
At the moment, you can taste a seasonal vegetable Strudel, prawns seasoned in black truffle oil, or a tart of aubergines in basil, or fillets of sole gilded in Parmesan. Of course, after your meal, a shopping trip the delicatessen is necessary so you can leave with thousands of products to eat!
RAP, the Italian restaurant, welcomes you from Wednesday to Sunday, afternoons and weekends.
The Delicatessen is open Tuesday, 10.30am to 1pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm and on Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to 8pm.
RAP – Delicatessen and Italian Restaurant
15-24, rue Rodier
The Rue des Martyrs houses decidedly good surprises! Jules adores wandering up and down the road, looking for the newest things. It is on a sunny day in October that he pushes open the door to the mysterious Jam room of Lise Bienaimé.
Behind this pretty name hides a gourmet passion for fruity sweetness, coming all the way from her great grandfather, Joseph Soulier. This whiskered gentleman made his jams in a shop in Faubourg Saint Honoré. Lise also fell in the marmite and followed the family destiny.
Photo credit : La Chambre aux Confitures – Frédérique Toulet
In her boutique there are over 100 recipes of jams, marmelades, jellies and other house chutneys. Difficult to navigate around as the smells are all alluring; from pink strawberries to green tomatoes from glossy chestnuts to lavender apricots while passing by the wild rose, EVERYTHING seems DE-LI-CIOUS!
Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 2.30pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Saturday from 10am to 7.30pm an Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Closed on Mondays.
La Chambre aux confitures
9, rue des Martyrs
Jules likes to get away from Grands Boulevards to get some fresh air by the Saint Martin Canal. As a result of wandering there, he has discovered some of the best places in the area. Amongst them, Quentin’s Cantine, a restaurant, a delicatessen and a wine cellar, in the boho spirit, makes his top 10.
Jules, being the lover of life that he is, adores the traditional French gastronomy, in particular the wines ! That works out well, because Quentin Hoffmann (floorman) et Johan Baron (chef), entirely decorated their room with bottles of wine and champagne!
On your plate you taste a creative cuisine, fresh and tangy, which always gives pleasure! It is difficult to resist the charm of Quentin!
Open du Tuesday au Sunday de 10h à 19h.
Lunch de 12h à 15h30.
La Cantine de Quentin
52, rue Bichat (canal Saint-Martin)
When Jules was younger, he loved watching the adventures of Captain Cousteau on the television. The sea, the ships, the yellow raincoats, the fish nets, the sailors…and surprise! One day, whilst wandering around the Rue des Martyrs, he fished up a good sea-inspired place. Autour du Saumon, is an original Scandinavian-influenced restaurant with a delightful contemporary terrace and a modest yet refined setting.
As soon as he stepped across the threshold, Jules was mesmerised by the blend of taramas and kipper. To go with his braised salmon, he chose a Welsh fresh water and lingered on the wine card, undecided. For his dessert, he gave in to temptation and opted for a rhubarb compote created by the Chef; and he was not disappointed.
Ever since then, Jules is madly in love with the pink fish. Incidentally, he is going back there tomorrow!
The extra +: Autour du Saumon is also a delicatessen, so you can purchase and devour the best of what the sea has to offer in the comfort of your own home!
Open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9:30 am to 8:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays unto 9pm, Mondays from 4:30pm to 8:30pm and Sundays from 10 am to 1:30pm.
Autour du Saumon
56, rue des Martyrs
T. : +33.(0)126.96.36.199.58