We all could get a little indecisive when it comes to choosing what to eat – especially when everything sounds so good. Paris, however, takes cues from French love of specialty food shops and thus will be a perfect place to travel to.
A venue’s devotion – obsession, some might say – to one ingredients, that is ‘monomania’. Taking the city by a storm, this movement created a wave of bars, cafes, restaurants, and pop-up openings where one ingredient or signature dish is the hero. Now there will be no need to choose between soup or salad for starter and lamb or beef to follow, decision making suddenly gets easier.
Being embraced by Michelin-starred chefs and café owners alike, monomania allows the evolution on how key ingredients are prepared. Of course, this movement is not limited to only French ingredients or dishes – caviar, mozzarella, and Japanese gyoza all now boast their own unique dining destination. Here are some recommendations for those who find decision-making in restaurants difficult.
Eggs & Co.
This cozy Latin Quarter café makes the humble oeuf as their hero. Serving egg in every form, be it omelets, scrambled, fried, benedict, baked in small pots (en cocotte), this place would be packed for weekend brunches. It has a compact downstairs space and a roomier mezzanine, which are frequently packed with locals and tourist for late breakfast through to early evening.
Address: 11 rue Bernard Palissy, 75006 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (1) 45 44 02 52
Guy Savoy, one of France’s most renowned chefs with three Michelin stars to his name, decided to create a small, casual bar dedicated to oysters – naturally, oyster in a jelly as Savoy’s signature is available. This bar features only 16 seats and is located just off the famous Champs-Élysées. Celebrates bivalves and their producers from around France, including Brittany and the Gironde coast, L’Huîtrade encourages customers to pop in for a quick aperitif, linger for a raw degustation or indeed take some to go.
Address: 13 rue Troyon, 75017 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (1) 44 09 95 85
Dedicated to apples, they tell stories of how the fruit is celebrated in both French and international cultures. In every single dish and product they serve, apple is the star, from Brittany fish soup with cider, to a salmon tartare, avocado and apple salad. For those hankering for meat, their beef fillet comes with pommeau sauce — a mix of apple juice and Calvados, the famous apple brandy from Normandy. Because as they say, “They are like notes for our musical score, like colors for our palette.”
Address: 109 Boulevard Hausmann, 75008 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (1) 42 65 65 83
Soufflé, although notoriously difficult to master, this place has been raising this lightly baked dish effortlessly since 1961 in the center of Paris. Among the dozens of options on the menu are asparagus, foie gras, morel mushrooms or truffles, alongside more adventurous options like beef bourguignon and the Henri IV with mushrooms and chicken. For those who demand for desserts – raspberry, chocolate and liqueur are just some of the sweet options on offer.
Address: 36 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (1) 42 60 27 19
Maison de la Truffe
The precious, rare and expensive fungus has inspired comparison with the finest gems for centuries and Maison de la Truffe has been serving up endless varieties of them to gourmets since 1932. Black truffles from France, Spain and Australia, also iconic white truffles from Alba, Italy, sit alongside a range of truffled products including oils, honey and pasta. Diners dress in luxurious outfits can enjoy them on a baked potato, in a risotto, omelet or black truffle burger – or on a white truffle pizza. They have an online store, selling black truffles at $49 for a 12.5gram jar.
Address: 14 rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (1) 53 57 41 00
Le Coq Rico
As the bistro of beautiful birds, this place is very particular about poultry. In its words, “fowl is a world unto itself, its flavor and texture changing depending on the region and the style of farming used.” As such, roasted chicken is served from a minimum of three different origins, while time-honored classics such as chicken soups and consommés, duck terrines and chicken livers are also on the menu. Set to open in New York later this year, this restaurant listed the sources and terroirs of all its eggs and fowl on the menu.
Address: 98 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, 75018 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (1) 42 59 82 89