19.3.12

A different type of restaurant



I hardly ever recommend eating and drinking places on my blog, but I think I can make an exception. This one is to be found in the caves under the Madeleine Church (see previous post and possibly this one). You enter by the modest little door on the right side of the church. The local parish, helped by some un-paid ladies, offers lunch weekdays from 11.45 to 14.00, open to everybody. The place has a clear charm; you are served at table with gentle smiles. There is a nice choice of entries, main dishes, deserts (or cheese) and for all this you are charged 8€… and you get a small bottle of wine for 0.50€! At your first visit you pay an annual subscription of 5€.

24 comments:

Olivier said...

vraiment original comme endroit pour faire un restaurant, belle voute

helen tilston said...

What an interesting restaurant and so unique
Thanks for sharing
Helenxx

Virginia said...

Oh this sounds like a lovely place for lunch Peter. I love how you described the meal being served with "gentle smiles". I thought at first that you were referring to the soup kitchens that feed the homeless that I seem to remember are near here? Maybe not, you know my sense of direction! Nevertheless, I'm pleased you found this nice place that most of us would never hear about otherwise.
V

Pierre BOYER said...

Intéressant !
Bonne semaine,

Pierre

Nikon said...

Boy, that is different. Looks like a place that one has to visit!

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

I never found this one. Thanks. I'll look it up next visit.

Denise

Thérèse said...

Une gentille trouvaille!

French Girl in Seattle said...

Bonsoir Peter. I have walked around la Madeleine many times but I can honestly say I have never noticed that door on the side of the building--- Neither did I know about this unique restaurant. Amazing prices, and, apparently, amazing service too! Great find. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

ALAIN said...

Cela a certainement été fait pour les pèlerins, mais ils devraient demander un certificat de baptême.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh Peter - this sounds like one of those treasures that the locals guard fiercly for themselves!
Incredible value....
You are such a sweetie to let us know!
x
Shane

Cezar and Léia said...

Très belle série de photos!Un endroit hors du commun!
Léia

Marguerite said...

Il me semble t'avoir recommandé cet endroit en des temps anciens, c'est une cantine où on est servis par des "dames patronnesses" as tu eu besoin de montrer patte blanche ?
J'ai vu chez Claude que tu avais envie d'avoir un jardin, c'est vrai ça ?

Olusegun Adewusi said...

Nice one Peter!

Adam said...

And after drinking all that wine you can use the best public toilets in Paris just alongside!

Peter Olson said...

Adam, I know about them (even posted), but I'm afraid they are closed... hopefully temporarily!

Ruth said...

Another surprised tucked away. I never knew! But the photos look familiar. Perhaps I am remembering another cave restaurant in Paris...

M said...

Peter, how very interesting. I would gladly pay the 5€ fee just to dine there once!

Synne said...

Oooh, I've heard about this place!

Studio at the Farm said...

What a wonderful little eatery, Peter. And it looks very popular, too. Wish I was there to try it!

claude said...

Cela doit être envoutant de manger dans ce resto !

Paris Paul said...

How cool! I'll definitely try it out! Thanks for the tip, Peter.

Bettina said...

I've never heard about this place either. What a fantastic place. This is now in my Paris Moleskin book for my next trip.
Thanks for sharing Peter. you always have something very special in your posts.

Honest Abe said...

When I come to Paris, you will have to take me there so we can enjoy at least one meal at the same table. √

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Shammickite said...

Oh, it looks so nice and friendly. I'd like to have lunch there.... TODAY! Unfortunately I'm a bit too far away, but I am making a not and next time I am in Paris, I will be there!