Discover the new world of "Bistronmie" in Paris

On my last trip to Paris one thing was striking - the new Bistros are full and people are queuing to get in to them.  They are part of the new "Bistronmie" phenomenon.  They are usually small, in less formal settings and their chefs are very well trained and from all over the world.  The one thing they share is a love of  "French cuisine" and Paris.

Here is a review of four of them we were lucky to get in to.

Yam’Tcha 

4 Rue Sauval  75001 Paris, France
+33 1 40 26 08 07

    

    

Getting a table at Yum’Tcha was a coup.  Really it is very small (20 seats) and in the “must go” list of the whole culinary world. So again, book early on the net or ring in the morning as soon as they open.  The Chef, Adeline Grattard has cooked before with Pascal Barbot of the 3 star Michelin L’Astrance before moving to Hong Kong where she met her Chinese husband.  Together they make a great team which explains her French/Chinese menu.  The meal is amazing, it is a tiny kitchen and she cooks in front of you with so much love and passion.  She improvises, she’s creative, she’s innovative.  You just let yourself go.  It is truly so well balanced and exquisite, a “voyage of the senses”.  Adeline’s husband is the Tea Sommelier.  He prepares and serves a new tea for each dish, but if you feel like wine they have a small but very well chosen wine list.  It is truly a remarkable and original experience you will cherish.  The lunch time menu was around 50 Euros.

L’Atelier Rodier

17 Rue Rodier  75009 Paris, France
+33 1 53 20 94 90

      

     

Located in the 9th arrondisement which is rapidly becoming the place to be for young and ambitious chefs, (a bit of a contrast from my university years when I lived there).  The two chefs, Santiago Torryos from Colombia and Destin Ekibat from Congo met first at Joel Robuchon and then worked along side each other in Paris at such places as the Bristol, The Westminster and the Plaza Athenee.  Now they are working together in their own restaurant, an old cafe with exposed stones and an arty decor.

 The service is very welcoming, in fact some of the friendliest service in Paris, and the menu amazingly good value at 37 Euros.  The food is delicious, imaginative and beautifully presented.

 Everything we had was absolutely delicious, with “amuse bouches” in between every dish and on top of this, after your meal one of the chefs comes and thanks you – a rarity these days anywhere in the world!

Septime

80 Rue de Charonne  75011 Paris, France
+33 1 43 67 38 29

   

    

A lot has been written about Septime and its Chef Bertrand Grebaut and a lot of it is true – that is if you can get in one of the best price/quality ratio restaurants in Paris.  The food is visually appealing, everything is fresh, a lot of great vegetables cooked without fuss!  Don’t go there for glitz and mirrors, but for a very well executed, refined and inventive cuisine that appeals to all our senses.

 As I said, the toughest task will be to get in, so book early.

Semilla

23 Rue des Vinaigriers  75010 Paris, France
+33 1 42 01 03 44

    

    

Another restaurant for Juan Sanchez and New Zealander Drew Harre after Fish & Cosi across the road.  Located in a newly renovated space with a spacious open kitchen it is in the heart of St. Germain.  We arrived at 12.00pm as we had a booking and there was already a group of people queuing which gives you an indication of how popular this place is.

The menu changes daily, the food is honest, fresh and adventurous.  There is a mix of small and large plates, also offering half portions, which allows you and your partner to try several dishes.  That day we had the grilled shitake mushrooms which were excellent and generously served and the lamb cassoulet.  All in all lunch was only 20 Euros, great value for money.