From the outside the steel framed door and windows of Le Chateaubriand on Avenue De Parmentier in the 11th arondissement looks just like any other bistro. Even after you enter and pull back the curtain encircling the door it still exudes the air of an average French bistro. A smattering of tables and bistro chairs on a wooden floor, an open kitchen at the rear and a bar running from the door halfway down one side of the restaurant.
There’s a place in Paris that’s been causing a stir for 40 years. Dinner is served every Sunday, reservations are required, it attracts an international crowd as well as locals, is standing room only, and it’s not the food people come for.
On Sunday nights this is one of the most popular places to eat in Paris. “Tonight it’s just lasagne and salad and tiramisu. You can get that at any good restaurant in Paris,”our host tells us.
A 30-year-old chef is at the heart of a new restaurant trend in Paris. which flies in the face of classic French tradition. There are few ingredients, no menus, and the dress code is come as you are. “I called the chef and he can have a table for you at 10 o’clock, yeah, it’s possible. Can I confirm this table? With pleasure sir, bye-bye.”
I love Paris. I could easily walk the streets from morning til night, so long as there are a few cafe au lait’s consumed throughout the day.