Norbert Tarayre, culinary advisor of bistrots around Paris
Outstanding cook and TV broadcaster Norbert Tarayre is the culinary advisor for a group of bistros wagering on conviviality and tradition, on the outskirts of Paris.
In Suresnes, the bay windows of this gourmet venue offer a unique panorama on the towers overlooking Le Grand Paris, the largest business district in Europe and beyond. The spectacle is also in the plate, thanks to resident chef Yoanne Flament, familiar with leading starred tables, who works with noble products, enhanced with precise seasonings. Menus from €40 to €70.
Le Bistrot de Paris
In Colombes, there is a definite come back towards ambiances of yesteryear with the large lightbulbs above this family style venue where one immediately feels at home. In the kitchen, Gilbert Benhouda and Antoine Dujardin have teamed up their know-how, acquired in palaces around the capital, to revisit reassuring great culinary classics. Formula: €20, menu: €30.
Restaurant Ma Cocotte
In Saint-Ouen, the cult address, decorated by Philippe Starck, floats above Paul Bert and Serpette, at the heart of the most famous flea market and antique fair in the world. The attentive welcome is in keeping with a menu offering « home style » dishes, under the impulse of David Dallerey, who prepares a marvelous duck foie gras and chicken roasted on a pit. Formula: €20, menu: €30.
Second gourmet venue of Norbert, in Suresnes, this bistro is imagined like a family apartment where it's very pleasant to settle in front of the bookshelves, in the dining room, on the terrace, or in front of the fireplace to share delicious plates. Broiled makerel, stuffed saddle of rabbit, sausage of Laguiole with mashed potatoes and thick veal chop are signature dishes on the menu. Formula: €20, menu: €30.
At the summit of Mont Valérien, this new urban moutain top is quite different from the others. With its ski resort allure featuring tables set up in cablecar cabins, this refuge with a stunning view on all of Paris is ideal to dig into comfort food winter recipes while enjoying a vintage decor. Fondue savoyarde, crêpes, waffles, it's all about tradition in this altitude restaurant as though you were on holidays in the Alps. A la carte: €30.
In Puteaux, between the Bois de Boulogne and Porte Maillot, this name has become an institution since its opening. The general atmosphere combines several styles, with vintage objects, old books and shimmering fabrics—all nestled around a huge terrace where you are served generous portions that have a wonderful scent of seasonal bistronomy. Menus: €36 and €40.
In Rueil-Malmaison, this family bistro is doubly dangerous, because it's right next to a pastry shop-baker, Perlin Tatin, with numerous temptations. A setting with sweet and savory delights, it welcomes its clients starting at breakfast time and changes the menu each month. But you will be always sure to find the veal blanquette and coquillettes pasta with ham—totally regressive. Menus: €30 and €35.
In Asnières-sur Seine, it's Splash-sur-Seine. Pool, deckchairs, wicker seats: the summer ambiance of the Saint Tropez beaches offers a beach spectacle facing the barges. Inside, the main dining room combines Art Deco and colonial trends with a lot of sun in the plates, such as spoon shoulder of lamb, a whole seabass with grilled veggies or the one and only tarte tropézienne. Formula €25, menu: €40.