5 Décembre 2016
I have been coming to Les Papilles – French for tastebuds – since the days when it was largely a wine store and deli, way ahead of the current épicerie-bistro trend. Since then it has become more of a bistro, but you can still pop in to buy a saucisson sec or bottle of wine. At lunch, they mainly serve inventive salads and open sandwiches. At dinner, the wonderful daily-changing menu is centred round a long-simmered casserole (€16) – perhaps lamb navarin or garlicky chicken – that you serve yourself from the dish. Choose your wine from the shelf for a small corkage fee: affable host Bertrand Bluy will happily make suggestions.
Address: 30 rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Contact: 0033 1 43 25 20 79; lespapillesparis.fr Getting there: RER Luxembourg Opening times: Tue-Sat, midday-2pm, 7pm-10.30pm Price: lunch around €22; set-price dinner menu €31 Payment type: credit cards accepted Cuisine: French Reservations: recommended