5 Décembre 2016
Christian Constant, once three-Michelin-starred chef at the Crillon, inspired a whole generation of chefs to go it alone before doing so himself. This is his variant on the modern diner, where you sit on stools along the counter (ideal if you’re alone or a couple), or at small, high tables for three or four in the company of chic ladies and a set from nearby embassies and ministries. There are a few starters and comfort desserts, but it is the cocottes, dishes simmered slowly in a black, cast-iron cocotte or casserole, that count. Combinations go from rustic pig’s trotters and potatoes to grander monkfish and vegetables or pigeon. As well as Constant’s two other restaurants next door (dressy Violin d’Ingres and casual all-day Café Constant), he has also recently opened a branch at the Sofitel Arc de Triomphe.
Address: 135 rue St-Dominique, 75007 Contact: no phone number; maisonconstant.com Getting there: Metro École Militaire Opening times: daily, noon-11pm Price: Cocotte from €16; lunch menu €23-28 Payment type: credit cards accepted Cuisine: French Reservations: not possible