Clamato (80 Rue de Charonne, 75011) - a sister seafood restaurant of Septime HO review
Quinso (33 Rue de l’Abbé Grégoire, 75006) - very good bistro, the chef Antonin Bonnet is my fav HO review
Eels (27 Rue d’Hauteville, 75010) - signature eel dish is a must! HO review
Le Desnoyez ( 3 Rue Denoyez, 75020) - good bargain meal in a low key 20th district neighbour HO review
L’Arcane (39 Rue Lamarck, 75018) - very good review from here and CH HO review
For lunch, it’s better you reserve, but if you want some freedom without reservation, try arriving around 13h30 or 13h45 for a late meal, you may be able to get into most places without problem. Dinner is a must.
If you want to avoid the English speaking crowd, avoid early dinners like 19h30. Start arriving from 21h or 21h30, you will probably hear more French than English around you.
Most posters here and on Chowhound are not very happy with Septime these days. As far as steak goes, I do not know how it is served in the UK, but French steak is a different animal from what one gets in the US. American steak is highly marbled and richly flavored. French steak is lean and has a strong meaty flavor, meant to be savored in small bites with lots of chewing.
(John Hartley - a culinary patriot eating & cooking in Northwest England)
Generally, like France and other European countries. Cuts would generally be rump, sirloin or fillet with bavette putting in an occasional appearance (and always getting ordered when it does).
I rarely order steak when I visit America as I’m not a fan of the texture or the fairly bland flavour. On our last three week trip - that’s 42 dinners between the two of us - steak was ordered on just three occasions. My notes tell me that these were hangar, fillet and NY Strip - only the first had any notable taste.
I rarely order steak in restaurants, it’s usually something to make when I don’t feel like doing any serious cooking. But we did try it at Le Bis du Sévero and Table d’Hugo Desnoyer. We actually went to Desnoyer twice because some Parisian friends wanted to eat there. The second time I ordered veal.
We had one great steak on our last visit to New York. I bought the meat at a Japanese butcher shop and cooked it at a friend’s house.
Thanks everyone for these posts. i am going to check them out tonight. We are literally in Paris from Wednesday 5pm for 24 hours…
Just one more question before I dive into the reviews…are any of these places going to have a dress code…or will we feel uncomfortable in jeans in any of them ? Would not want to arrive for lunch on Thursday and everyone else be in business suits !!
If you want to go to Paris to eat after 23:00, there is Chez Denis (à la Tour de Montlhéry) or Au pied de cochon (6, rue Coquillère) both in the 1st district, les Halles area. I preferred Chez Denis… both serve traditional bistrot / brasserie food.
Have spent a couple of hours looking this evening. Thanks again for the time you have put in with recommendations so far.
Sadly Condesa is closed at lunch.
I wonder if Accents will be too business-y for us in jeans ?
Will one of the Frenchie outlets be full of tourists would you say ?
If my friend wants hearty food and bigger portions rather than beautiful images on the plate would you say Frenchie wine bar is a decent choice ?
I really liked the look of eels but then read about the liquorice in the main course - one taste I really do not enjoy !
Finally what is the Dude like in style of food ? i instinctively dislike the name ( as it sounds like showing off ) but am intrigued by its presence on your list so thought I should ask !
It’s fine, it’s lunch not dinner. You will see people wearing shirts, because they are working, the bourse is nearby! If you worry, wear black jeans. Recently had been to a 2 stars place in a hotel with dress code “smart casual”, in the restaurant all the people were causally wearing Stan Smith shoes and jeans, we were “overdressed”.
The Dude - Oh I just realised it is closed permanently and probably relocating.
Frenchie - Yeah, Frenchie is hot with tourists. Honestly, most of the better restaurants will have quite some tourists, you can’t avoid them. I put it there because you mentioned Jeu de Paume.
We thoroughly enjoyed Chez Denise a few years ago. You wil need to reserve. As far as Condesa being closed at lunch, well, we had lunch there some two weeks ago. I couldn’t reserve online, so I telephoned. On one occasion I was told that they were closed at lunch. A few days later they took my lunch reservation.