Bistroy Les Papilles – Paris

We were in Paris with my parents over Easter holidays and we really wanted to treat them to a charming French bistro for dinner. We made a reservation at Bistro Les Papilles that had got excellent reviews. The restaurant is located in the Latin Quarter, down the street from the Jardin du Luxembourg and walking distance from Châtelet neighbourhood where we were staying.

Bistroy Les Papilles | Karoliina Kazi

At Les Papilles, there is no menu. You simply pay 31 euros for a starter, main course, cheese and dessert, and the menu changes every day. There is also no wine list, instead, you browse a selection of French wines on the shelves – a €7 corkage fee is applied to each bottle. Wine experts will have a field day and the rest of us can go with recommendations.

The meal started with a soup, which was my favourite part of the dinner, a velouté de carrottes, which came in a soup pot, family style, to be scooped over a bowl of chopped lardons, carrot shavings, chives and buttery croutons and a dollop of crème fraîche and a sprinkling of cumin. Absolutely delicious!

Bistroy Les Papilles | Karoliina Kazi

As the main course, we were served mouthwatering, slow-cooked pork belly with crunchy vegetables and beans. On our reservation, we had mentioned that Riz doesn’t eat pork, and although there aren’t any choices generally, they had kindly prepared him a delicious tuna steak as a main course.

Bistroy Les Papilles | Karoliina Kazi

Next came blue cheese with prunes, beautifully presented on a slate plate.

Bistroy Les Papilles | Karoliina Kazi

We were all very full at this point, but could not resist this tempting dessert; Carambar Caramel Panna Cotta.

Bistroy Les Papilles | Karoliina Kazi

The ambience, food, wine and service was outstanding. We loved the family style serving and left the restaurant with good family memories and our tummies full.

Bistroy Les Papilles | Karoliina Kazi

My tile obsession got satisfaction as well.

Bistroy Les Papilles | Karoliina Kazi

It is recommended to make a reservation by email or over the phone as it is a very small place.

BISTROY LES PAPILLES

30 rue Gay Lussac, 75005 Paris  |  01 43 25 20 79  |  website

Nearest transport: Luxembourg (RER B)

11 Comments

  1. 12th October 2016 / 8:19 am

    This looks amazing! Leaving for Paris today, so might just pop in there!

  2. 12th October 2016 / 8:39 am

    It’s always nice to have a reference of good restaurants in a city like Paris. I definitely bookmarked this, for the future trip to Paris. Thank you for recommendation.

    • 24th February 2018 / 9:19 am

      My pleasure, glad you liked it 👌🏼💛

  3. 12th October 2016 / 10:38 am

    What a beautiful place and the food looks amazing. I’m adding this to my must-visit list for Paris for future reference. Thanks for sharing hun!
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  4. 12th October 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Wow the food looks delicious! I went to Paris last year and tried lots of french bistros but will keep this restaurant in mind for when I go again. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Anonymous
    12th October 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Love your post, always on point! Although it looks like an overcrowded restaurant or maybe its just because it small as restaurant as you’ve mentioned. Nevertheless, I think it is worth visiting. Lovely pictures.

  6. 12th October 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Love your post, always on point! Although it looks like an overcrowded restaurant or maybe its just because it small as restaurant as you’ve mentioned. Nevertheless, I think it is worth visiting. Lovely pictures.

  7. 12th October 2016 / 6:14 pm

    I love restaurants with rotating menus! I will check this out when in Paris!

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