À l’Epi d’Or

À l’Epi d’Or (Paris)

© Benedetta Chiala

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Elodie and Jean-François Piège are true restaurateurs… in every sense of the word! After glamorizing the timeless Poule au Pot, the couple is bringing another bistro institution in Les Halles back to life – while maintaining the authentic 1930s décor (moleskin banquettes, engraved windows from the Roaring Twenties, mirrors from the interwar period, bouquets of dried flowers…). This tasting time machine sends out invincible classics of bourgeois cuisine via a menu that rotates daily just like it always has – with the exception of a chickpea salad! Our Wednesday lunch featured: a lovely pâté en croûte filled with a mosaic of foie gras, pistachios and black trumpet mushrooms; cheeky roasted veal (a rather skimpy portion though), garlicky as ever, adorned with a dollop of carrot purée and rounded out with a plate of big delicious fries; before a flavorful bergamot pudding to fill us up for dessert! Did Louboutin, Baer and Beigebder enjoy it as much as we did? // A.A.

FEELING THIRSTY? Some beautiful, organic-centric vintages: a Beaujolais from the Domaine Saint-Cyr (€8 a glass), a stylish Muscadet from the Domaine de Bellevue (€44 a bottle) or, if you feel like making your wallet suffer, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the Domaine Henri-Bonneau (€627).

PRICE: Rotating daily menus €27-36 (weekday lunch), à la carte €32-48.

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