Paris, France: Cuisine de Bar

Friday, August 19, 2011 3comments No tags Permalink 0

Since we’re on the subject of favorites, we must include Cuisine de Bar, a restaurant from the owners of Poilâne (home to the magical Tarte aux Pommes). Cuisine de Bar has two locations. The first/main one is in the 6th on rue Cherche-Midi – we ate there last year. But I prefer the second location is on Rue Debelleyme in the 3rd arr.

Not only is it larger, more serene, it’s also across the street from Popelini and a block away from Rose Bakery. Another extra bonus: the dishware and utensils at the Rue Debelleyme location are nicer, sleek and minimalistic. So many perks!

The 13€ lunch deal is the way to go. A serious bargain that includes: a bottle of water or glass of wine (white, rose, or red), a seasonal salad, tartine of your choosing, and espresso to finish. Add 1€ for and 3€ for certain tartines, like the ones smeared with foie gras or bubbling over with melted Saint Marcellin cheese.

Baby greens, cooked bean sprouts, golden raisins and a spicy mustard vinaigrette. Clean, fresh and so full of flavor. This was the salad we had around the same time last year, fairly similar.

Pierre choose the daily special tartine featuring a creamy, garlic-laced olive tapenade with tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Served on Poilâne’s justifiable famous bread of course!

I had the smoked salmon with mayo and herbs – solid, but almost too simple. I prefer the anchovy, chicken, chives and mayo tartine or even the tomato, salami and coat cheese tartine from last year. Just too many options to keep repeating the same tartine, you must understand, no? Next time I’ll try the foie gras tartine and report back.

To finish, espresso for Pierre. It comes with Poilâne’s spoon cookies, a barely sweet shortbread cookie in the shape of a spoon. They also make them in the shape of forks and have savory version as well.

I went with a pot of darjeeling tea in place of espresso. They use Mariage Frères tea bags, like many of the cafes here in Paris and unlike NYC (where I’ve been spotting one too many Lipton tea bags ;)

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Cuisine de Bar

38 rue Debelleyme

75003 Paris

01 44 61 83 39

  • anonymous
    August 20, 2011

    *swoon* I must move to Paris pronto! Oh if only it weren't so rediculously expensive!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 22, 2011

    Hi Stephanie! Hahah, price and the exchange rate is the only thing that stops me from moving there as well! ^_^

  • The Fashionably-Forward Foodie
    August 23, 2011

    that garlic tapenade tartine with tomatoes and basil looks absolutely rich and delicious. i want to mimic that for a meal at home! im also craving hot choc now too…..

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