Cafe St. Régis

Catching up with my Paris bestie at our favorite cafe on Il St. Louis. This is the cafe where we had spent countless summer evenings sipping rosés and people watching the summer that I lived in Paris.  

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Given the chilly weather, we opted for an inside table on this particular visit.  The dim lighting and old-school bistro decor further evoked my feeling of nostalgia. 

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Verdict:  This cafe will always have a special place in my heart.  

Hours: Everyday 630am - 2:00am

Cafe St. Regis
6 Rue Jean du Bellay 75004
http://www.cafesaintregisparis.com

Breizh Café

This is my favorite crêperie in Paris. Its location is perfect for resting your feet after hours of shopping in the Marais. The restaurant offers continuous all-day service, which is pretty hard to come by in Paris.  It's also open on Sundays! 

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I enjoy their savory crepes more than their sweet ones. 

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Breizh Café
1109 Rue Vielle du Temple (3e)
http://www.breizhcafe.com/fr-breizh-cafe-paris.html

Hours: W-Sun 12pm - 10pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday
Verdict: AA

Terroir Parisien

This is Michelin Star chef Yannick Alleno's restaurant.  There are now 2 Terroir Parisien locations in Paris. We decided to check out the original location in the 5th arrondissement.  We went for lunch on a weekday and the restaurant was relatively quiet, with less than half of the tables being occupied.  

There's a large rectangular-shaped bar in the middle of the restaurant, which may be a good option for solo-diners.

The space is modern with clean lines.

The space is modern with clean lines.

Poached eggs with pork

Poached eggs with pork

Fish Special

Fish Special

Stewed Chicken

Stewed Chicken

The meal was good, but not memorable.  I expected more from a Michelin Star chef.   I am curious about the new location at the Bourse and wouldn't mind checking that out.  

Terroir Parisian
20 Rue Saint Victor (5e)
http://www.yannick-alleno.com/carnet/terroir-parisien/

Hours: Open everyday for lunch and dinner
Verdict: A+

Bistrot Terroir Parisian
28 Place de la Bourse (2e)
http://www.yannick-alleno.com/restaurant/paris-terroir-parisien-palais-brongniart/

Verjus Bar à Vin

Verjus Bar à Vin and its more formal sister, Verjas, have been praised by many food critics as one of the "must-eats" in Paris.  Since I was in the neighborhood, I decided to pop in for lunch.  The space is narrow and tiny, but had a cozy wine cave feel, which is very appropriate for a wine bar.  I can see how this place can get packed quickly in the evenings.  

The lunch menu was short, with 3 sandwiches and 2 salads.  I knew exactly what I wanted before the waitress even handed me the menu.  I came for the Fried Chicken Sandwich that I kept reading about.  

The smallish fried chicken sandwich really didn't live up to its reputation.  The crispy skin fell apart from the meat after my first bite. The chicken was also overly salty.  There was just nothing special about the sandwich at all.  If anything, it was sub-par. 

Verdict: BBB. I know it's not exactly fair to judge the restaurant by 1 menu item, but this is supposedly one of the "star" dishes of the restaurant!  I would come back here for a glass of wine in evening, based on the atmosphere alone.  However, I probably won't be making dinner reservation for the upstairs Verjus restaurant any time soon.  I am not sure why this place gets such great reviews.  Maybe there just aren't that many places that serve decent American cuisine in Paris?!  As an American, I am not impressed at all.  

Verjus Bar à Vins
47, rue Montpensier 75001 Paris
http://verjusparis.com