After a movie at the Chaplin Saint-Lambert theater on the corner, Naturellement is the obvious choice, as its name implies – and it’s also one of the best places in the neighborhood! With red and white tile floors, old-fashioned plates, bistro tables and chairs, the mood board is simple but still fashionable. And you’ll hear the Campania sing-song accent of chef-proprietor Giovanni Napolitano who served us Italy on a plate the day we went for lunch: a delicious warm octopus salad with potatoes and crisp celery; impeccable Mediterranean amberjack with a creamy pumpkin purée; and a divine, creamy panna cotta with a freshly-made sunny mango coulis. No fuss, no chichi… naturally! At night, it’s still Italian fare minus the pasta: marinated anchovy fillets, grilled red mullet fillets with vegetables, orange baba au rhum with vanilla cream… // J.F.
FEELING THIRSTY? The passionate Giovanni used to be sommelier in Venice, so he has a beautiful natural (of course!) wine collection: a fruity and herby white Litrotto de L’Archetipo from Puglia (€5 a glass, €32 a bottle), a Ligurian red Dolceacqua Terre Bianche (€6 a glass, €36 a bottle) or a mineral white from Puglia, Progetto Calcarius (€5 a glass, €30 a bottle).
PRICE: Menu €31-43.