Dominique Bouchet, Paris
Tel: 33 1 45 61 09 46
Metro: Miromesnil or Saint Augustin
Concierge.com's insider take:
At a time when many new restaurants in Paris spin on a "concept" or gimmick, chef Dominique Bouchet's eponymous spot next to the Marché de l'Europe upholds the time-honored theme that's made it a word-of-mouth success since it opened in 2004: excellent traditional French cooking. Better still, superb dishes such as roast sea bass on a bed of fingerling potatoes mashed with vanilla-perfumed olive oil, capers, and lemon; lamb marinated in red wine for a full day, then slow cooked with cocoa for seven hours; and a charlotte of crab, avocado, green apple, tomato, and fresh mango are served by cheerful waiters in a comfortable dining room with ebony-stained wood tables. Desserts are homey—a white peach simply poached in vanilla syrup and served with Champagne granita, for instance—and even the least expensive wines are great drinking.
Open noon to 1:30 pm and 7:30 to 9:30 pm.