“ If you don't come to Provence , Provence will come to you… ” Holidays will wait: in the heart of Paris, certain Mediterranean restaurants have nothing to envy to the tables, markets and beach canteens of the South. Where can you taste the best pan-bagnats, pissaladières, bouillabaisse, courgette flower fritters and small stuffed vegetables without leaving the capital? Overview of the spots that smell good of the scrubland...
The chic Mediterranean Basil
Stars and artists from the neighborhood flock to the Basilic , an elegant restaurant similar to those that can only be reached by boat on the Riviera . Evidenced by the dishes that evoke barefoot luxury: lobster spaghetti (€49), sole meunière (€65), fried calamari (€18), candied peppers and anchovies (€16) and small sardines (€14). Its tree-lined terrace with tablecloths and silverware is a real improvement away from cars.
Le Basilic 2 rue Casimir Périer, Paris - 7th
The contemporary inspirations of Petit Panisse
No panisses in this devilishly foodie Marseille 2.0 bistro, washed down with natural wines and dishes that embody the real new Mediterranean cuisine with a frankly communicative good humor. The menu changes according to arrivals and the mood of chef Jeff Schilde (ex-Dame Jane), tattooed to the skull and who deals at will with yellow chicken, eggplant caviar, terrines or saithe cherries (evening formula starter -dish-dessert €32). Every day is enough of a surprise...
Le Petit Panisse 35 rue de Montreuil, Paris 11th
The terrace of Chez Janou
A café and a small square in the shade of the olive trees in the heart of the Marais which will take you straight to Gordes or Saint-Rémy . This very privileged address continues to bring together the neighborhood's trendy tribes around large tables with a sharp selection of pastis. Brush up on Pagnol's madeleines around a Moorish meal: ratatouille (€10), small fries (€11), small stuffed vegetables (€20) and crème brûlée with orange blossom (€9).
Chez Janou 2 rue Roger Verlomme, Paris - 3rd
Alain's socca Miam Miam
When a person from Nice is homesick, he is inevitably in need of socca , these famous little chickpea pancakes: the southern street food par excellence. Phew, Alain Miam Miam , dealer of the best sandwiches in the capital, makes one to die for in his coveted shop on rue Charlot. To eat in a cone, as if you were live at the Cours Saleya market (€3.50)
At Alain Miam Yum 26 rue Charlot, Paris - 3rd
The wood-fired cuisine of Brasserie Riviera
Around an XXL charcoal Argentinian barbecue in the kitchen, chef Julien Gasperi works torrid meats but also very southern specialties such as an excellent Niçoise salad (€17), eggplant cooked over a wood fire (9, €50) and Provençal stuffed vegetables (€17). With the floor tiles, alcoves and natural materials, you can almost hear the sound of the sea.
Brasserie Riviera 118 rue la Fayette, Paris - 10th
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An aperitif at Cézanne
Mistral blow in the 16th ! This new brasserie founded by a group of southerners has imported the good humor of Saint-Trop' , the socialites on the terrace and the specialties of the Var to treat themselves to beautiful summer evenings: truffle tarama (€14) , crispy goat cheese with honey (€14), rosé from the Ott estates (€74) and fine apple tart with vanilla caramel (€12) . Only cicadas and cagoles are missing.
Brasserie Cézanne 45 avenue Kléber, Paris - 16th
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The best bouillabaisse in Paris
Baieta means kiss in Nice patois. It is indeed a declaration of love that Julia Sedefdjian offers Parisians by reconciling signature cuisine and nissarde meals. The (very) young starred chef has made Bouillabaieta, an irresistible couture bouillabaisse, her signature dish. To be tried once in a lifetime, just like his aioli (menus from €55).
Baieta 5 rue de Pontoise, Paris - 5th. Reopening August 23.
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Where to have a good pissaladière?
The pissaladière is the ancestor of the pizza, born in Nice. The fishermen brushed it with “pissalat” , a paste of anchovies and sardines with onions. Small list of addresses where to taste it to take away:
- Chez Bagnard , Yoni Saada 's brilliant take-away canteen (€12).
58 rue de Saintonge, Paris - 3rd - 7 rue Saint Augustin, Paris - 2nd
- Chez Baillon , the best bakery in Neuilly-sur-Seine (€2.70).
29 rue de Chezy, 92 200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
Chez Jacky : pizzas like in Marseille are necessarily accompanied by a Ricard in this new spot in the 10th arrondissement with a pretty terrace.
69 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, Paris - 10th
Brasserie Pastis : at lunch, the little brother of the Brasserie Cézanne delights the businessmen/women of the 8th arrondissement from its always busy terrace.
87 boulevard Haussmann, Paris - 8th
Also discover Gargouille, a sunny bistrot in the heart of Pigalle and where to have the best pastas in Paris ?