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Le Café de Mars

Restaurant Le Café de Mars in ParisLe Café de Mars (Paris)

In this chic and sophisticated bistro, owner Pierre Marfaing and Californian chef Gina McLintock cultivate their idea of cool with old-fashioned beauty: venerable cracked bistro tile floors, a midnight blue and crimson red Formica bar, and plump Marilyn red faux leather benches. A tricolor sense of décor which opens its borders on the globetrotting lunch menu (€26): a reinvigorating salad of arugula, lamb’s lettuce, spinach, raspberries, walnuts, blue cheese and pickled shallots; soba noodles with broccoli, kale and sesame seeds in an Asian dressing – or an incredible “drunken dragon” steak marinated in whiskey and served with silky mashed potatoes and shiitake mushrooms, truly one for the books; before a really heady goat cheese and blueberry cheesecake. And don’t forget about all the fruit filling the glasses: Avis de Vin Fort, a Bourgueil from Catherine and Pierre Breton (€5.50 a glass), a vinho verde Silex (€26 a bottle), or Côte de Py, a Morgon from Foillard (€48). Set menus €23-26 (weekday lunch), à la carte €36-45. // M.J.-D.  

Getting there

Restaurant Le Café de Mars
11, rue Augereau
TEL: +33 1 45 50 10 90
Subway: La Tour-Maubourg, Ecole Militaire