Maquis, the best bistro in Paris

Meals of bonito and mashed potatoes, white wine juice and roscoff onions, the famous cacio e pepe, fresh spaghetti as in Rome with pecorino and pepper and atmosphere of Biqtrot Le Maquis

Seek no longer, the new best must-test bistro table this year. The answer is Maquis, elected yesterday as best bistro in Paris by Priceless Cities Best New Bistro x Mastercard.

Text: Seek no longer the new best must-test bistro table this year. The answer is Maquis, elected yesterday as best bistro in Paris by Priceless Cities Best New Bistro x Mastercard.

A rendezvous up to par with Aux Deux Amis

Since the Fall, foodies in the know have been sharing this incredible nugget, installed in Montmartre, in a charming hole-in-the-wall of the 18th, steeping with atmosphere and attracting gourmets, an international fashionista crowd and pretty gals in the area …

And with reason: it’s fun to have a few pre-dinner drinks at the formica counter before settling on the faux-leather banquettes, listening to an up-to-date playlist straight from the … ovens! Because here, the gangstas like to cook with good sounds. And we are delighted.

At the helm of this success: Paul Boudier and Albert Touton, who had already hit the bull’s eye. The protégés of Inaki Aizpitarte have set up a background right up the alley of geeks looking for cool eats: Chateaubriand, Aux Deux Amis and Verre Volé…

Slate of the day

Friendly service, mouthwatering dishes, whipped up technically but with no fuss. It’s rare to confirm such perfection...

For us: fried calf brains with a tartare sauce, to be eaten along with a natural champagne (7€) as an appetizer before a royal shiso raw sea bass tartare and lemon caviar (€14) and a pâté of black blood sausage served with red onion and parsley (€8 ).

Continue with tuna and mashed potatoes, juice of white wines and Roscoff onions (€23) or the famous cacio e pepe, fresh spaghetti just like in Rome with pecorino and pepper (€10). As for the neighbour’s dish: a pigeon with trompettes de la mort mushrooms and peanuts (€24 ). A quick demonstration which confirms choosing is renouncing....

And to finish on a high note, why not a small slice of devilish Mont d’Or: a house grapefruit sherbet for easy digestion or rice pudding with incredible efficiency (€6). All to be washed down with a nice bottle of Nicolas Carmarans, the coolest natural winemaker in France... You will thus enjoy the best meal of the year...

Only drawback, you will need to reserve well ahead of time, but believe our experience, you will be coming back …

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Closed on Sunday and Monday at lunch.

 

Also discover Pouliche, the sold-out bistro of Amandine Chaignot in the 10th.

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