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May 27, 2010 08:56 PM

Paris Ile Saint Louis - Need help finding a restaurant

about 5 years ago my sister and I had dinner at a wonderful tiny restaurant on Ils Saint Louis. We cannot remember the name. It seemed almost as if we were in their living room (we may have been!). There were about ten tables, I remember the color red in the restaurant. It was warm, lovely, they served a 5 course meal from the attached kitchen and it was just perfect. If anyone has any idea about which place I am speaking, I would appreciate it! Thank you.

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    1. re: Tom P

      We'll be staying in the Ile St. Louis next month.

      Thanks for sharing the web-site and looks like a worthy visit.

      1. re: Quimbombo

        Charming as it is, ile St Louis is not well favored in terms of good restos or good markets.
        Don't forget from Ile St Louis it is an easy - not to mention - lovely walk to L'Agrume and to La Régalde St Honoré.

        1. re: Parigi

          Will check those out too. Thanks Parigi.

      2. re: Tom P

        Was there in February and it was one of the best meals I've had in Paris. Had a fantastic roast veal and my companions said the seafood was excellent too. Also went back to Lilot Vache on this trip and was very disappointed. There is another good little restaurant, I think Auberge de la Reine Blanche - it has little blue Christmas lights outside and is tiny. Had a wonderful cassoulet on a cold night there. Also, I think Calixte has the best pastries - certainly the best macaroons (try the fleur de sel caramel flavor). There's also a great crepe place almost to the end of the Rue St Louis-en-Ile on the right when you're facing the Ile de la Cite.

      3. We dined here last night and it was just as wonderful as the first time. Such a lovely atmosphere, and the woman and her son who run the restaurant take amazing care of the customers, she really looks after you. The food was wonderful. We had escargot, langoustine, filet with mustard sauce and duck. All were delicious. I doubt I will ever come to Paris and miss this place.

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            1. re: Oakglen

              The apartment we rent is across the street from this place and we usually go once each trip. Adore Mme. Puiseux and the warm welcome. Other's have complained the place is too expensive for the relative quality, but if you stick to one of the menus you can have a comforting experience for under 30E. Agree in general that the Ile can be dicey though it has always been one of my favorite places to stroll around. Ate at Fou de L'ile this last year and thought it was a pretty good value. And usually make a stop at the Brasserie for old times sake. Many nice spots within walking distance off island.

              1. re: Gman

                Hi: RE Ile Saint Louis - You mentioned that you rent an apartment across from Le Tastevin. If I may ask - do you rent your apartment through an agency? I used airbnb recently on a trip to NYC, and everything turned out really well.

                Many thanks, Maureen Spitz

            2. re: Quimbombo

              Sunday, a quick walk across the bridge to:
              Le Reminet
              3, rue des Grands-Degres, 5th (Metro : St Michel, Maubert-Mutualite)
              T :
              Open 7/7
              Lunch menu 13.50 €, dinner a la carte 40-60 €.

              1. re: John Talbott

                HI everybody and John in particular,
                Staying on Isle St Louis and really need 30Euro and under within walking distance for evening and will travel further for lunch. Is there anything at all on the island that is good?Dont drink ( sadly) so this doesnt include wine. Food the priority but would love some ambience as well. Hope you can help ...


                1. re: midgee

                  30 euro and under on the île Saint-Louis? Hm.

                  Walk across the bridge to the North, try the Brasserie du Pont-Louis-Philippe. Or Le Trumilou on the quai de l'Hôtel de Ville. Or head towards the boulevard Henri-IV to the right and find La Cerisaie on rue de la Cerisaie. As for ambience, I am not sure what exactly you mean by that, but the first one feels like a neighborhood brasserie with a slightly old-fashioned look, the second one like a large family bistrot decorated with generations of bad oil paintings left by starving artists to pay for their meal, and the third one like the former only smaller and even cheaper. Those descriptions sum up the places pretty well. I like the upstairs room at Brasserie du Pont-Louis-Philippe even if the food is not always pristine.

                  1. re: Ptipois

                    Wife and I had a near-midnight meal of oysters and chicken at Brasserie du Pont last October. Chicken was fill-the-cracks OK, motorway cafeteria standard... cozy on the porch under the lights, though... Chestnut cream dessert was very simple and sweet--tasted like Faugier canned chestnut purée mixed with some kind of cream.

                    1. re: fanoffrance

                      It's not great but the place is kind of nice, good location, fills the cracks as you say. Better than anything on Ile Saint-Louis anyway.

                    2. re: Ptipois

                      Ditto on Pont Louis Philippe. When we went last year the plat du jour was Gigot D'Agneau with gratin dauphinoise for 13.50 and it was not bad at all and the room and environs rather cheerful. Also like the Brasserie Saint Louis for Choucroute.

              1. re: Quimbombo

                We like little "Le Reminet." You might also consider, likewise very close to the Ile St Louis (right across from it, a few blocks upstream from Le Reminet -- and open on Sunday): "Rotisserie de Beaujolais." We'd heard it's best to stick to the rotisseried items, and so we did (chicken and pheasant). And it's fun to watch the B&W cat, "Beaujolais," that patrols the room. (19 quai de la Tournelle; Tel. -- Jake

                1. re: Jake Dear

                  Reservations needed for Le Reminet?

                  Thank you for the rotisserie suggestion.

                  1. re: Quimbombo

                    Always, it's often packed even with terrace seating.

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      Oh! Dear. Better get to it then.

                      Merci, JT

                      1. re: Quimbombo

                        The La Cerisaie that I've eaten at has been on Blvd. Edgar-Quinet. Excellent food in a tiny place with a husband and wife who really care about what comes out on the plate. Very intense flavors (how does he do it?).
                        Is there another La Cerisaie on rue de la Cerisaie? Has the La Cerisaie on Edgar-Quinet moved?

                            1. re: Ptipois

                              La Cerisaie: from a 2006 post:
                              "(Just 20 yards from my apartment--more than 300 years old, by the way--on the rue du Petit Musc in the Marais is the ancient bistrot Les Temps des Cerises, at the corner of rue Cerisaie. Lunch only, weekdays only. But it's very "old Paris," and the fricassée of frogs legs is a treat. You don't easily find frog's legs in Paris, by the way, and nowhere else this cheap (13 €) and this good.)"--Maurice Naughton.
                              It was always enjoyable reading Maurice Naugton's descriptions of really good and affordable places. Les Temp des Cerises is a decent lunch spot I hit at least once on my annual trip.

                      2. re: John Talbott

                        Hi John,
                        Just had to tell you that we dined at Reminet last night after a mega day of shopping and it was the absolute perfect end to a very good day. The owner and his young waiter could not have been more charming and the food felt loved and had an authentic feel to it. Heading out now to l'agrume, they are not answering the phone so fingers crossed. Thanks for the tip