Bistrot des Tournelles

Paris: Bistrot des Tournelles

Édouard Vermynck’s brand new French bistrot on a quiet street between the Places des Vosges and the Bastille, feels like its always been there. Since Ed is long-respected restaurateur in Paris (ex: Entree des Artistes) and notable DJ in Europe, his place is refreshingly unpretentious even with its impressive roster of music, food and wine industry clientele packed in elbow-to-elbow next to regulars – everyone adorned in the glow of candlelight. It immediately feels like home once you step inside. Think lace curtains, marble bar, gilded mirrors and wooden tables. Chef Geoffroy Langella’s menu is classic and refined: eggs-mayo with black truffle, foie gras on toast – with the pepper-cream beef filet, dreamy chicken cordon bleu (already a legend) and Provençal beef stew all served with bottomless sides of frites, puréed potatoes or green beans. Do yourselves a favor and order all three. Desserts are traditional crème brulée, vanilla ice cream & chocolate sauce profiteroles and/or my favorite the tarte tatin with raw Normandy cream. Since Édouard’s family comes from Beaujolais, you will not find a more comprehensive natural wine list from small producers in that region.

Vibe:

A lively neighborhood bistrot where everyone knows everyone.

Dress Code:

Feel comfortable wearing your best jeans & sneakers. My advice for winter, dress in layers. While its freezing outside, you’ll want to do like the locals and start peeling off layers once inside.

Getting In:

BdT is one of the few places in Paris who actually take reservations on line. Don’t wait or hesitate though, Ed’s bistrot is a must and extraordinarily popular.

Bistrot des Tournelles