Top 5 hot dinner dates for you and your lover
There are times when you and your other half want to go out in Paris and have a date night – just the two of you! Dinner somewhere perhaps? Something very French and delicious? Well MLP asked the team behind the blog Wanna Feel Local which Paris restaurants they would recommend. Here are their fab suggestions on where you should go with your ‘lover’ on your well deserved night out!
Au Passage is tucked away in a dark little ‘passage’, making it one of those places you would have to know in order to get there. And you’ll be happy you did! The restaurant is full of small tables, giving it an intimate feel. And it is always packed. The menu changes daily, depending on market finds, and is written on the wall. Efficient, since several changes will be made as the evening goes on and favourites sell out. Dishes are made to share, so you’ll be able to try many different options (and those of your neighbours). All finger licking good. The wine list is admirable and extensive with some very special treasures among them. Au Passage gives you a true French culinary experience, and makes a perfect place for date nights (or bring some friend so you get to feast on more dishes)!
Au Passage, 1bis Passage Saint-Sébastien, 75011. Bookings online
Frenchie Wine Bar
Rue du Nil in the 2nd arrondissement may as well be called ‘Rue du Frenchie’, with big brother Frenchie Restaurant and its two little brothers Frenchie To Go and Frenchie Wine Bar ruling the street, with pride. At Frenchie Wine Bar, high tables are shared, while drooling over the great wines on offer or the mouth-watering dishes on the menu. Dishes are small, so you better come hungry and try a few. Make sure you don’t leave without trying the legendary lobster roll, it is unbelievably good! Fat chance you’ll have to wait for a stool, but that is no punishment with a glass of cold Bandol rosé at hand (poured from a magnum bottle) while enjoying good company.
Frenchie Wine Bar, 6 Rue du Nil, 75002. Reservations not possible. (If you’re up for even more romance and high quality food, try to get a table at Frenchie Restaurant across the street (reservations in advance by phone or online).
Gare au Gorille
The nicest looking place in a slightly dodgy street: a modern, clean-looking and narrow, but deep, restaurant. The restaurant fills up quickly and the atmosphere of the restaurant absolutely matches the food: modern, and a sight for sore eyes. Plus, everything tastes as good as it looks! The menu offers plenty of smaller dishes or two larger mains to share, for meat lovers. Flavours are combined in unexpected settings (what about tuna, tomato and raspberry?), truly exciting. Wines come by the glass as well as by the bottle (in all sizes) and are reasonably priced. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, one of the best experiences in Paris so far.
Gare au Gorille, 68 Rue des Dames, 75017. Bookings online
Located in St. Germain des Prés (hence the name), Aux Prés provides an intimate and romantic setting. Flowered wallpaper and many candles set a cozy atmosphere. Start your date night with one of the many fine (self-invented!) cocktails at the bar, as an aperitif. Chef Cyril Lignac is a well-known name in the restaurant scene because of his many (Michelin star) restaurants, and is the brain behind the delicious dishes. A 3-course menu is offered for €45, as well as an extensive wine list. Enjoy!
Aux Prés, 27 rue du Dragon, 75006. Reservations by phone (01 45 48 29 68; don’t forget to confirm).
Ellsworth is located close to some of Paris’ most popular highlights such as the Louvre and the Palais Royal. Ellsworth has been popular from day one. American-French influenced dishes such as corn dog, taco’s and the super popular fried chicken are prepared in an original way and come in smaller sharing-sized portions. The menu changes frequently (except for the famous fried chicken), ensuring fresh seasonal ingredients. Small tables and candles complete the cozy atmosphere, and the food is absolutely delicious. Brunch is very popular on weekends; a good option after you slept in without a baby-alarm.
Ellsworth, 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001. Bookings online
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