La Fontaine de Belleville
La Fontaine’s restaurant is a classic haunt where ants and grasshoppers gather either on the terrace, at the bar or in the mirrored dining room for a sing-along… Every day at lunch, in summer and winter alike, Thomas Lehoux, David Flynn (who founded the Belleville Brûlerie) and their team bring a little glory to these lunchtime eats: an adorable croque monsieur on good, soft bread, toasted on both sides and filled generously with thinly-sliced Prince de Paris ham; a classic hard-boiled egg that you peel yourself, served with homemade mayo; a generous slice of delicious gingerbread… Not to mention the outstanding set lunch menu (deviled eggs, hachis parmentier, rhubarb-meringue tart…). At night, there are cleverly sourced apéro snacks (Iberian charcuterie from Carlos Gutierrez, cheeses from Pascal Beillevaire) that parade out as charcuterie or cheese platters. // A.A.
FEELING THIRSTY? There are Deck & Donohue beers (€4 for a half-pint), vintage cocktails like the Suzette (Suze, tonic, lemon, angostura bitters, €8) and “excellent sock juice” from the Belleville Brûlerie, as a filtered coffee (€3) or espresso (€2.50).
PRICE: Snacks €1.50 to €14.90, set menus €18 to €21.50 (lunch), brunch €28.50 (Sunday).