The Beast has installed itself as the king of Texan-style barbecue in Paris. Owner Thomas Abramowicz had the idea to import his love of all things barbecue after a trip to the heartland across The Pond. The simple menu boasts brisket, ribs (of both the beef and baby back variety), pulled pork and chicken, all slow-smoked in a custom-built smoker dubbed ‘The Beast’, which is fuelled with the finest French Oak. The brisket is fall-off-the-bone tender and takes 16 hours to smoke after being seasoned. Coupled with a selection of sides and a variety of artisanal beers, and boasting an impressive bourbon menu, the beauty of The Beast lies in its simplicity and unpretentiousness.
The Beast, 27 rue Meslay, 75003, Paris, France, +33 7 81 02 99 77
Tien Hiang, a vegetarian restaurant that is nestled on a small street not far from the Canal Saint-Martin. The restaurant takes South East Asian cuisine, namely from Vietnam and Thailand, and recreates famous meat dishes using tofu. Surprisingly, each ‘meat’ has its own distinct flavor and texture, so much so that it doesn’t seem like it is vegetarian at all. Try the glazed ‘pork’ with rice for a simple dish that bursts with flavor, or opt for one of the well priced starters to sample something new.
Tien Hiang, 14 Rue Bichat, 75010, Paris, France, +33 1 42 00 08 23
Le Bar À Burger
The burger has been for some time the de facto ubiquitous menu item in most restaurants in Paris. While many of the joints here have inoffensive, uninspired takes on the burger, Bar à Burger opts for out-of-the-box thinking and re-imagines the staple in surprisingly delicious ways. Le black tentacules is a burger topped with grilled calamari and served in a black bun dyed with squid ink. The Wasabi burger has a kick-in-the-mouth flavor, with a patty marinated in wasabi and topped with in house wasabi mayo. The restaurant has become so popular that the team behind it have started a food truck called le Camion à burger.
Le Bar À Burger, 18 Avenue Claude Vellefaux, Paris, France, +33 1 42 00 19 68
Pronounced ‘moo-shoo,’ MUXU means ‘kiss’ in Basque, which is an apt name for this little gem. Nestled away by the Goncourt metro, the ambiance of this restaurant is chilled and artsy. The walls are decorated with contemporary art, and the restaurant itself is reminiscent of a warehouse space in Brooklyn, minimal with splashes of color to liven it up. Chef Antonin Girard is a graduate of Ferrandi, one of the most celebrated culinary schools in France. The food is not only local, but changes every two weeks and is effortlessly imaginative. This new French bistro is democratizing and revolutionizing the restaurant experience.
MUXU, 16 Rue Deguerry, 75011, Paris, France, +33 1 48 07 44 43
Not a restaurant per-se (though there are two stools if you bring a date), EL NOPAL is a taqueria perched on the Quai de Valmy. The tortillas for the tacos and burritos are hand made, and are belly busting good. Swing by on a nice day to grab some food to go (replete with the obligatory Sol or Pacifico) and picnic on the canal. At around nine euros a burrito and drink, this authentic taqueria is well worth the sometimes 40 minute wait to get one.
El Nopal, 3 Rue Eugène Varlin, 75010 Paris, France, +33 7 86 39 63 46
Les Parigots (a synonym for “Parisian”) has become an institution for the République neighborhood, known for its traditional French food. With a friendly ambiance and receptive staff, this is a great place to grab a couple glasses of wine before chowing down on a savory Cote de boeuf. Les Parigots is likely the boho hangout of the area, and despite becoming more and more frequented by tourists, still maintains its local, neighborhood charm.
Les Parigots, 5 Rue du Château d’Eau, 75010 Paris, France, +33 1 42 00 22 26
Often crowded, and for good reason, this tiny restaurant perpendicular to the canal specializes in meat. As seen by the décor that features images of lambs and cows on the wall with each French cut marked clearly, the venue plays homage to the boucherie culture of France. The food itself is simple and traditional, try the rack of lamb seasoned with thyme for a tender cut that explodes with flavor. If you have to wait, try the adjoining bar next door for reasonably priced wines and appetizers of terrine to whet the appetite.
La Patache, 60 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris, France, +33 1 42 08 14 35
Le Verre Volé
Located directly across from La Patache, Le Verre Volé is something of a Canal-side institution. Proven so popular that a new locations is opening in Tokyo, this wine-bar turned restaurant pairs wines according to what you order. Touting a Cabernet for your entrée of grilled squid, something heavier to go with that boudin noir (black blood sausage); the staff know what they’re doing and want patrons to have the best dining and drinking experience possible. The atmosphere is a little on the claustrophobic side, but in a good way, where eaters often strike up conversation with adjacent tables and making new friends.
L’Atelier des Artistes
More an artist’s space than anything else, this concept restaurant combines a cocktail bar, a gallery and restaurant for an all-inclusive sensory experience. The 500 meter squared loft space is minimalist and chic, and has been called the new ‘headquarters’ of the artsy scene in Paris. The menu is short and simple, recalling traditional French dishes like Saint-Jacques and bream in a light vinaigrette or a flank steak in béarnaise sauce. The food is simple and the experience is otherworldly.
L’Atelier des Artistes, 4 rue Rampon, 75011 Paris, France, +33 1 47 00 55 71
Soya Cantine Bio
The ‘bio’ (essentially meaning organic) designation may have become à la mode in Paris, but Soya Cantine Bio takes it quite seriously indeed. The rustic, charming restaurant boasts organic and vegetarian fusion food, mixing Bretton flair with mostly Vietnamese recipes. Try the couscous with grilled tofu steak and harissa, or the lasagna for a truly mind altering experience of flavors. For those that are gluten intolerant, most of the menu is gluten free. Pair your meal with a fresh pomegranate juice with hibiscus extract and end on an apple crumble.
Soya Cantine Bio, 20 rue de la Pierre Levée, 75011, Paris, France, +33 1 48 06 33 02