6 restaurants to highlight the regions in the heart of Paris

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6 restaurants to highlight the regions in the heart of Paris

As a land of gastronomy, France unveils troves of food specialities from one region to the next. Discover our Tour de France of regional food without leaving the capital.

6 restaurants to highlight the regions in the heart of Paris

Crêpe flipping at Frères Bretons

In Paris' 15th arrondissement, a small-sized restaurant gives out delicious Breton smells onto the Boulevard de Grenelle. In the kitchen, wheat and buckwheat crêpes flip from pan to plate with amazing dexterity. Sides are copious, and the dishes hold treasures in their lacy midst: egg, lox, goat cheese, creamy mushrooms, onion purée and sautéed potatoes, followed by a world of sweetness. Chocolate, chestnut cream and salted-butter caramel will be best accompanied with a bowl of brut cider. You will enjoy the tenderness of Breton food for a very competitive price.

Les Frères Bretons
31, boulevard de Grenelle
75015 Paris
+33 (0)1 45 72 42 88
Menu: from 12.90 EUR
www.facebook.com/LesFreresBretons

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6 restaurants to highlight the regions in the heart of Paris

Corsican freshness at Chez Minnà

A few steps from the Antoine Theatre at the corner of Enghien and Hauteville streets, you will notice Chez Minnà's long sage-coloured façades. Inside the building, old wooden floors and whitewashed stone walls immerse you into a warm, mountainous Corsica, filled with genuine and secret cottages. The chef gives the island's classic dishes a new spin, with fresh local produce from verified farms. Start your journey with a burratina, myrtle and beetroot carpaccio, followed by a generous lamb shoulder roasted in honey and rosemary. End the meal with a splendid fiadone straight from the oven. If you're not that hungry, you can always share an assortment of traditional cheeses or cold cuts.

Chez Minnà
20, rue d'Hauteville
75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 71 37 97 04
Menu: from 15 EUR
www.chez-minna.com

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6 restaurants to highlight the regions in the heart of Paris

L'Alsacien, daring to be simple

As the first flammkuchen bar of the capital, L'Alsacien pays tribute to the food of the same region with a dish that emulates the colour pattern of its flag rolled out bread dough covered in opaline crème fraîche, with caramelised onions and countless vermillion bacon strips carefully sprinkled. Taste that traditionally “flamed cake”, glued to food lovers' fingers ever since Alsatian peasants started to bake their bread every three weeks! Cut in small pieces while still burning hot, clients usually roll them up and eat them with their fingers. Scorched by flames, it is best accompanied with draft beer, as the restaurant's staff will pleasantly advise.

L'Alsacien
6, rue Saint-Bon
75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 77 64 22
Menu: from 13 EUR
www.lalsacien.com/restaurant-alsacien-paris

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6 restaurants to highlight the regions in the heart of Paris

Groundbreaking traditions at The Auberge Etchegorry

At a time when it was still “Madame Grégoire's Cabaret”, the building kept quiet about the frequent – yet honourable – visits by Victor Hugo or Guy de Maupassant beyond its poppy wallpaper. Since the 1990, The Auberge Etchegorry has improved on the quality and refinement of Basque gastronomy, famous for working closely with small traditional producers. The young owner Dominique Laborde is happy to let gourmet lovers know about her roots by sharing her ancestors' recipes. On the menu, squids cooked in their ink sauce or codfish stuffed piquillos (little Basque peppers) play starters while a stir-fried foie gras slice with homegrown grapes will fill your hunger. Homegrown... and homemade!

Auberge Etchegorry
41, rue Croulebarbe
75013 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 08 83 51
Menu: from 20 EUR
http://etchegorry.hotel-restaurant-paris.com/en/

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6 restaurants to highlight the regions in the heart of Paris

Le Graindorge, Flemish passion

Far from being restricted to seeming simplicity, Flemish cuisine is filled with culinary wonders that should be enjoyed in large family gatherings, as per the tradition. Only five minutes from the Place de l'Etoile by foot in an alleyway of the 8th arrondissement, Le Graindorge delicately exerts Flanders flavours. Discover a variety of dishes including the pheasant terrine in foie gras, the cocotte of rabbit legs with prunes and the cold saffron mussel soup. It extends to free range guinea fowl sautéed slices à la gueuze, curd goat cheese with tomatoes cooked in oil and lobster stew with sand shrimp. Have room for desert? Chef Bernard Broux has perfected his raisin bread French toast, caramelised with brown sugar and topped with a speculoos ice cream. Cold beers are obviously in order.

Graindorge Restaurant
15, rue de l'Arc de Triomphe
75017 Paris
+33 (0)1 47 54 00 28
Menu: from 34 EUR
www.le-graindorge.fr

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6 restaurants to highlight the regions in the heart of Paris

Lyon Mothers are Chez Marcel

As a Parisian Ambassador of Lyon cooking since 1919, Chez Marcel is a restaurant that conveys you around a modest wooden counter, cheerfully coloured by bottles of gentian. In this intimate setting boasting a rather busy decoration, chef Pierre Cheucle gives pride of place to the Bouchons food traditions, which reputation stands on the quality of produce used, usually farmed locally. A few bites of these typical dishes created in the French capital of food will whet your appetite: pork andouillette, fried veal liver, sausages sprinkled with chopped parsley and dumplings au gratin, pork carpaccio with garlic vinegar... they are all to die for! Later in the game, go for another regional speciality: the rose praline pie will end the meal on a high note.

Chez Marcel
7, rue Stanislas
75006 Paris
+33 (0)1 45 48 29 94
Menu: from 21 EUR
www.facebook.com/Chez-Marcel