Tel: +33 1 53 19 02 04
Hours: Monday to Friday Noon to 2:30pm (lunch) & 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m (dinner)
Closest metro station is Goncourt, which is on the Brown 11 line
Restaurant’s website: http://www.chezmarielouise.com/
I found this restaurant while perusing through the Trip Advisor reviews. It had a lot of great reviews, and seemed like a cozy neighborhood bistro, so I was sold. The restaurant itself is small, with only a few tables inside, and a few tables outside, so it’s best to make a reservation for dinner. The restaurant also requires that you reconfirm your reservation 24 hours in advance. By the end of our dinner, we saw quite a few people getting turned away due to no reservations.
The bistro is run by owner and proprietor, Christophe. Christophe is a very friendly and wonderful host, who is knowledgeable and passionate about the food. Service was attentive and the food was spectacular. It ended up being one of the highlights of our trip!
The menu is in French, and is written on a chalkboard, which is then displayed near your table. But do not fret! Christophe can translate the menu in detail, in English. Of course, for those of you who’d like to research before-hand, the menu is available on the restaurant’s website. Just Google Translate it!
Terrine de foie gras – a huge chunk of foie gras with warm crusty bread, and a small side salad. The sis loved it! EUR 12 (approx USD $15.60)
Salade d’artichaut truffée – artichoke slices with truffle oil, topped with a rocket salad. Yum! I haven’t had artichoke prepared like this before. It was a warm salad, but really refreshing. EUR 9 (approx USD $11.70)
Rognon de veau, orecchiette aux fèves et basilic – veal kidney with fava beans and orecchiette pasta. The veal kidney was cooked medium, so it was really tender. The pasta and the fava beans had great flavor. People who like kidney would love this dish! The portion was pretty generous – I couldn’t even finish~ EUR 15 (approx USD $19.50)
Ravioles de St Jacques fraiches au beurre citron et courgettes sautées – scallop raviolis. The sis could not stop raving about this dish! This was her ultimate favorite from of the Europe trip. Inside each ravioli is a giant scallop (the size of each ravioli). It was juicy, succulent and the light sauce was excellent as well. Must try! EUR 20 (approx USD $26)
At this point, we were so full, but figured since we’re in Paris, we might as well try the dessert. This is the Millefeuille Marie Louise à la pistache or the millefeuille with pistachio cream. It was really light and flaky, but the entrees are definitely the show stoppers! EUR 8 (approx USD $10.40)