Jules loves the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant. Without a single fault from the starter to the dessert; the interior design to the shop frontage with its glowing red neon sign, the restaurant Le Braisenville in the 9th arrondissement has become the latest hangout for the über elite. Jules likes going there for its prevailing “masculine” vibe despite the ‘70s acid pop décor. It gives Jules the opportunity to spread his cultural ideology (namely his taste in music) and to discuss the stars of the era. But even Jules has to eat, so he orders a veal sweetbread with mashed sweet potato (garnished with a citrus twist)… a real man’s dish! For everyone else (the real men) you’ll be eagerly awaiting your côte de bœuf grilled on a Spanish brazier at the heart of the restaurant. Olé!
Closed on Sundays
Photo credits: François-Régis Gaudry
36, rue Condorcet
T. : +33.(0)188.8.131.52.74
Is there anything more romantic than a traditional Parisian arcade? Little known by the general public, Parisian arcades like the Galerie Vivienne are discreet, chic and luxurious. It is here that Jules feels calm, detached from the bedlam of the Grands Boulevards and the Parisian lifestyle. In the BistroVivienne , Jules takes time to experience simplicity, savoring his glass of wine and sampling the home cooked food. As a big fan of old Parisian Bistros, Jules admires the plush sofas, the traditional wooden tables and chairs, and the elegant antique mirrors.
In this arcade, designed by the architect Delannoy, Jules likes to dream of a time when Vidocq lived at the top of the grand staircase, with the noblemen coming to admire the semi-circular windows and the magnificent rotunda lavished with decorations of nymphs and goddesses. It is a delicate and poetic place that should be discovered when strolling around lazily.
Open Monday to Saturday, noon – 11pm
4, rue des Petits-Champs
T. : +33.(0)1.49.27.00.50
Jules is always up to date with what is going on in his area! And he could not imagine missing the opening of Comptoir de Brice in the heart of the Saint-Martin Market in the 10th arrondissement!
Jules recognized instantly the chef behind the counter… Brice, Top Chef, 2010 series! Do you remember? The nice chap from Lyon who cried easily and unfortunately lost in the semi-finals!
Even though he did not win that particular accolade, we still find him in his bustling, open kitchen concocting simple and efficient dishes. Wedged between the vegetable seller and the butcher, you lean on the “comptoir” (counter) to enjoy a gazpacho, a home-made style ratatouille or one of his daily culinary inventions depending on the products of the market!
Jules loved the truffle pizza and the foie-gras croque monsieur that he tried last time. His friends also told him that the Burger de Brice is a real delight! Don’t say we didn’t tell you…
The little + : As of September, Brice will be giving classes to learn how to cook like a chef!
Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am until 8pm and Sundays from 9am until 2pm.
Au Comptoir de Brice
Marché couvert St Martin
31-33, rue du Château d’Eau / 20, rue Bouchardon
On Rue du Faubourg Montmartre is one of Jules’ hottest addresses, for Asian cuisine in a canteen style atmosphere: les Pâtes Vivantes. At first glance, the entrance is no different from any other Chinese restaurants, but at closer inspection, you may see an unusual sight! In the window, the chief ‘manufacturer’ of fresh pasta: he stretches it, shakes it and then rolls it out by hand! Clients come here for the food just as much as for the show. On the menu? Hearty and delicious noodle dishes at a reasonable price. Crunchy beef, crispy soy, ginger, mustard greens, and the famous Chajiang sauce make up Jules’ favorite dish, noodles with beef. He also admits giving into the fried noodles with vegetables and a cucumber jellyfish salad: a delight! But Jules is not very talented with his chopsticks; the ‘living’ noodles are true to their name and tricky to master! In the end, you come out and cannot wait to go back to try out new dishes!
A sneaky peek ? www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn2Q-IBEUkc
Around 9 € for a dish of noodles with beef, 12 € for a menu.
Open Monday to Sunday from 12 noon to 2pm and 7pm to 10.45 pm
Les Pâtes Vivantes
46, rue Du Faubourg Montmartre
T. : +33.(0)184.108.40.206.21
Jules does not like to hide in his shell. His favourite hobby is pacing around Paris (and especially the 9th), discovering unusual restaurants. An avid fan of long weekends in Brittany or Normandy, Jules just loves seafood and especially oysters. So to extend his mini holiday pleasures once back in the capital, he heads to Pleine Mer on rue de Chabrol. Brought over directly from Cancale, where Chef Sylvain Bertheau returns each week for supplies, the oysters offered at this small restaurant are fresh and with plenty of variety (flat, hollow, wild). One step inside, you discover a few tables, a desk and beautiful oyster stalls. As for the scenery, a place without pretension, but where luxury is on your plate! Prices are reasonable (10.50 € to 17.50 € set menu). The ultimate highlight: a glass of Muscadet Cave Guiloires, munching Taramosalata toast served with four oysters, all for 5 €! For dinner, we forget the diet and we opt for wild salmon (from the Baltic Sea), a Taramosalata cod, served with a delicious kouign-amann (the famous Breton caramel dessert) for dessert. The restaurant also offers take-away, difficult to leave without a small basket of oysters!
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10.30am to 2pm, and 4pm to 10pm (Sundays from 10.30am to 1pm).
La Pleine Mer
22, rue de Chabrol
T. : +33.(0)220.127.116.11.47