We were in Paris with my parents over the 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.
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!
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.
Next came blue cheese with prunes, beautifully presented on a slate plate.
We were all very full at this point, but could not resist this tempting dessert; Carambar Caramel Panna Cotta.
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.
My tile obsession got satisfaction as well.
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)