The insider’s guide to eating out in Paris: 3 celebrity chef restaurants not to miss

The insider’s guide to eating out in Paris: 3 celebrity chef restaurants not to miss

When it comes to drinking and eating out in Paris we love to be in-the-know! And, when it comes to food and wine, we can never go past a recommendation from our partner, Wendy Lyn: the insider’s insider.

Come with us as we go to three of the best celebrity chef restaurants on the left bank in Paris: where you’ll be sure to find those in the know about food, any night of the week. Leave space on your Paris to-do list for L’avant Comptoir – Hors d’Oeuvres Wine Bar, Restaurant AT and Chez L’Ami Jean.

Bon appetit !

L’avant Comptoir – Hors d’Oeuvres Wine Bar

“Chef Yves Camdeborde’s wildly popular hors d’oeuvres & wine bar is open 7 days a week for fantastic nibbles and glasses of natural wine.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Duck confit sausage hot dog. Artichoke-ham waffle.
The Scene: Lively, Boisterous, Friendly
The Look: Industrial Chic, Zinc Bar, No Chairs – Standing room only
Who Goes: Wine Growers, Wine Shop Owners, Food Industry, Locals, Celeb Chefs & Foodies
Reservation Policy: First-come, first-serve.
The Soundtrack: Moby, Yannick Noah, Santana.
Insider Tip: Arrive by 12 noon or between 2 – 6pm for more elbow room. Otherwise, it may be so packed that the only way to get out is to body surf out the door.
If You Cannot Get In, Try: This is the only bar of its kind in Paris.

12 noon – midnight, 7 days a week. CLOSED DEC 24, 25, 31 and JAN 1
01 44 27 07 97
9, Carrefour de l’Odeon, Left Bank
Metro: Odéon (4)

Restaurant AT

“Gagnaire-trained Japanese Chef Atsushi Tanaka Showcases Picasso-style artistry on the plate – with classic French influences.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Blue Lobster-Romanesco Broccoli-Bergamote Orange
The Scene: Minimalist decor, lively patrons
The Look: Minimalist
Who Goes: Only open one day, the food media & chefs will surely be the guest list for a few weeks
Social Media: Facebook
Reservation Policy: Call or email.
The Soundtrack: Diners laughing & talking
Insider Tip: Sit downstairs in the stone wine cellar for romance
If You Cannot Get In, Try: Sola, David Toutain, Le 6 Paul Bert

Tues-Sat Lunch 12pm, Dinner 7pm
4 Rue Cardinal Lemoine, right bank, 5th arrondissement
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine (10) Pont Marie (7)

Chez L’Ami Jean

Stephane Jego is serving modern & classic bistro fare in take no-prisoners portions to a diverse rock and roll crowd – and it is not for the faint of heart. I’m not kidding, this place comes with a warning label: Jego’s mission is to feed you like nobody’s business. If you think there can never be too much butter in pureed potatoes, then this is your kind of place.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Anything foie gras, mushrooms & wild game
The Scene: Boisterous, Lively, Busy
The Look: Brick, Zinc Bar, Cartoon Wall Murals
Who Goes: Food Industry, Serious Foodies, Locals
Social Media: Facebook
Reservation Policy: Call well in advance at least 2-3 weeks
The Soundtrack: Chef yelling out from the kitchen, animated conversation
Insider Tip: STOP! If you are on a diet or strict vegetarian, this is not for you. Gut busting portions. Sending back plates half finished to the kitchen, a serious offense!
If You Cannot Get In, Try: Les Papilles, Le Comptoir, Cantine de la Troquet

Open for lunch and dinner Tues-Sat.
27 rue Malar, Left Bank
Metro: La Tour Maubourg (8)

This series

Celebrity chefs in Paris restaurants  
Article one: Clown Bar // Restaurant Frenchie // La Pointe du Groin
This article: L’avant Comptoir Hors d’Oeuvres // Restaurant AT // Chez L’Ami Jean
Article three: Yard // Pierre Sang on Gambey // Le Servan // Clamato


Other series

Open Kitchen restaurants
Industry hangouts in Paris – ‘must know’ restaurants
Le buzz for foodies in Paris – occasional snippets

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Judy MacMahon

Experience FRANCE beyond the CLICHÉ with MyFrenchLife is for Curious Savvy Francophiles wherever you are. Meet Francophiles in France, online, and/or wherever you live. You’re very welcome to join us - Judy MacMahon -

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One Comment

  1. Ellen Burns Feb 9, 2015 at 5:24 PM - Reply

    Chez L’Ami Jean sounds like my kind of place! There’s no room for people in this world who think you can have too much butter…

    (apart from if you are lactose intolerant I suppose!)

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