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Feb 27, 2011 05:29 PM

Square Trousseau (12eme)? Chardenoux (11eme)?

We've walked past "Le Square Trousseau," 1 Rue Antoine Vollon, 12eme, and "Chardenoux," 1 r. Jules Vallès, 11eme -- and both have looked nice. Now we're in need of a place like these with "traditional charm" in these general neighborhoods were we can walk to a Sunday dinner (difficult, I know) with an older couple.

But I can find nothing about either place here or on Paris by Mouth. I've read some reviews on other sites for both, but I'd trust this site more, if anyone can comment. -- Jake

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  1. Despite being a Lignac restaurant (a TV chef better knows for his good look and lovely accent than cooking skills), Le Chardenoux was quite decent last I went. See pics at

    1. I tried Le Square Trousseau for lunch about six months ago after a visit to the nearby Marché d'Aligre and the food was, to steal Souphie's phrase, "quite decent." However, I think that I visited when chef Philippe Damas was still working there, before he left to open the bistro Philou, so I can't attest to the quality of kitchen now. The room is light and airy, service was attentive, and the tree-filled square across the street (from which this place takes its name) is very sweet. All in all, I think it's a fine option if atmosphere, service, and the comfort of your older friends are the primary concerns.

      1. Chardenoux is one of our regular places. It's always good. A little pricey for what it is. Lignac will hang out and talk to you if he's there.

        1. souphie, Meg, and Busk -- thanks for the comments (and pics). (And Meg, I really enjoy your "Paris by Mouth.") -- Jake

          1. Sublime comment made by François Simon about Chardenoux and its pretty star-chef: "La gentillesse n’est pas un ingrédient (c’est un sentiment), le joli ne cuit pas."

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