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Feb 22, 2014 08:55 PM

Visiting Paris - restaurant recommendations needed in the 15th


In the 15th, for someone based at a hotel near rue Brancion and rue de Vouillé
[Saint-Lambert area, not far from Metro Convention station],
what restaurants are noteworthy?

All cuisines, any meal daypart (breakfast, lunch, dinner), all price ranges, from inexpensive and upward.

Looking for above-average local places to go when, say, the weather is inclement and don't want to venture more than, say, a 4 km radius.


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  1. In the 15th my favorite is Au Dernier Metro at 70 Blvd de Grenelle. Not expensive and very informal...a locals' place that hasn't disappointed me.

      1. If you want updated traditional food in a neighborhood setting where there is a good chance you won't hear English spoken, try La Dirigeable. It was our "local" for a number of years. Head waiter (now owner?) Guy spent time in San Francisco and can discuss the menu and wines. Nothing earth shaking but solid. Enjoyed the best thick cut rare liver here, on bed of creamed spinach. Menu changes daily so little chance of a repeat.

        37 rue d'Alleray
        Reservations absolutely necessary Fri and Sat.

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        1. re: mangeur

          Bad news, Mangeur. Le Dirigeable is no more. New name (Deuz), new owners, new chef. I don't know what happened to your guy Guy or to the old chef Franck. But did have a meal there a few weeks ago... same cadre, similar cuisine... not as good as before but pretty decent and still a good bistro du quartier.

          1. re: Parnassien

            While we are guilty of abandoning ship, I am heartbroken to lose such old friends. And Guy had my (our) heart. If you are curious, the girlfriend/partner of the chef used to be involved in little Vin de Soif wine bar at 24 rue Pierre Leroux. I would be much interested in the story as well as where these two good guys are.

            1. re: mangeur

              I'm scuba diving in Oman at the mo but will investigate when I get back to Paris.

              1. re: Parnassien

                Be safe.

                I do hope you run into Guy. You would adore him. He is the consummate professional, efficient, knowledgeable, honest, droll.

                1. re: Parnassien

                  COOL, neater than a lot of my travels.
                  They sell in bags a very neat cinnamon tea, if you find, try it. l normally am not too strong on cinnamon.

          2. A chowhound favorite close to you is "Grand Pan". The search function should give you a bit of information about it.

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            1. re: Laidback

              As Laidback implies and chompchomp said, the 15th is full of great places; do a bit of searching. You'll be very pleased. My latest favorite, now "discovered" by the Michelin, is Le Pario

            2. A marvelous bakery called Pichard on the rue Cambronne. Prize winning croissants as well as breads and savory pastries. Call for the hours before you go-they seem quite irregular to me but are characteristic of the neighborhood. Walk around a bit -there are lots of food store worth looking at..

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              1. re: pammi

                Also, there is a Pierre Herme outpost and Du Gateaux et du Pain nearby.

                1. re: Nancy S.

                  Well, if we're getting into non-restaurant orgasms, I have to plug my not-so-secret obsession, Aux Merveilleux de Fred.

                  1. re: Nancy S.

                    And, I'd have to add that there are seven open air markets in the 15th, our favorite being
                    GRENELLE (outdoor market)
                    Boulevard de Grenelle, between rue de Lourmel and rue du Commerce, 75015 Paris.
                    La Motte-Piquet Grenelle (lines 6, 8, 10), Dupleix (line 6).
                    Wed., 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                  2. re: pammi

                    Hours are really regular, but they are one of the few left who close for lunch @ 1-4/4:30 daily