If you spend any time at all in Paris, from a city break weekend to a longer stay you need to know about these two restaurants, neither of which will break the bank and both of which are not on the beaten track - well known to some, and unknown to many, particularly visitors.
La Luna is one of my all time favourite fish restaurants, where the quality of the fish and the cooking is always excellent. If you’re a seafood lover you have to visit here. Just a 15 minute stroll from the centre up the Rue Miromesnil and tucked away on the Rue Rocher you can spend as much as you want here, or you can take the three course menu at 50 Euros which for such a great meal is a very good deal.
Last night from the menu I had shrimp, followed by ‘Carrelet’ with grilled seasonal vegetables – carrelet is plaice in the UK, but not as you and I know it, and the vegetables were superbly prepared. I did, I have to admit, eye one of my party’s trio of tartares – which was so beautifully presented it was a shame to touch the plate. That was delicious as well……..
Happily this restaurant is now being discovered by more and more and so don’t think of coming unless you’ve booked. But put it into your ‘must visit in Paris restaurant list’, you won’t regret it.
Reviews and booking information to be found on La Fourchette – the French restaurant booking app I’ve written about previously.
Another not to be missed restaurant for traditional and healthy French Brasserie cooking is Brasserie Thoumieux, on the Rue St Dominique and attached to the Boutique Hotel Thoumieux and two star Michelin restaurant Sylvestre the Brasserie is one of my favourites in Paris. Not to be missed if you like healthy eating is their kale salad with quinoa, avocado and pomegranate seeds. Also not to be missed are some of the best frites in Paris, thin, crispy and utterly irresistible (don’t order unless you’re ready to eat the lot) and superb burgers.
Click straight through to La Fourchette to book Brasserie Thoumieux and find out more. And again put it on your list of Paris restaurants. Slightly further from the centre of Paris than La Luna and a good walk – depending on where you’re staying of course – across the river to the Left Bank. No hills involved…..