10 MICHELIN-STARRED LUNCHES IN PARIS FOR $50 OR LESS
PHOTO ALAN GEAAM
Boasting 115 Michelin-starred restaurants, including 10 three stars and 16 two stars, Paris is rightly regarded as one of the culinary capitals of the world.
It also has a reputation for being a bit pricey when it comes to eating out well, but we’ve managed to pull together 10 great bargain lunches to be had at Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, listed in order of price low to high below – an essential guide for your next culinary trip the City of Light.
All prices exclude drinks and service and are correct at time of writing.
This year’s Michelin Guide saw France-based Japanese chefs continue to receive recognition, including Takayuki Nameru, who’s Montée restaurant offers a healthy seasonal menu of French fare, priced at €32 ($40) for an assortment of small plates. One Michelin star.
9 rue Léopold-Robert
2. LA FOURCHETTE DU PRINTEMPS
The kind of contemporary bistro Paris excels at currently, with chef Nicolas Mouton on the pass and three courses of one-Michelin-star French grub for €32.
30 rue du Printemps
3. LA TABLE D’ EUGÈNE
Three courses of very pretty one-Michelin-star plates in the 18th arrondissement, from a chef who trained under Éric Fréchon. €35 ($44).
18 rue Eugène Sue
4. RESTAURANT H
Head down to Bastille to this 20-cover spot and enjoy three courses for €35. One Michelin star.
13 rue Jean Beausire
At this one star restaurant, expect strong favours of land and sea, with classic French dishes including, naturally, duck foie gras and pickles, fresh langoustines, Jerusalem artichoke cappuccino and soufflé Grand Marnier. €37 ($46) for three courses.
54 rue de Bourgogne
Stay relevant at this newly-starred hot spot close to the bustle of the Champs-Élysées, where chefs Ryu and Kwen apply Japanese techniques to French cuisine, having trained under the likes of Alain Ducasse and Yannick Alléno. €38 ($47) for a three-course seasonal lunch and just 18 covers.
29 rue de l'Exposition
7. PENATI AL BARETTO
If you find yourself craving Italian food – maybe don’t tell your French friends – then head down to chef Alberico Penati’s eponymous restaurant on rue Balzac for dishes spanning the length and breadth of Italy, from Piedmont to Puglia, priced at €39 ($48) for three courses. One Michelin star.
9 rue Balzac
Now owned by Alain Ducasse, this bistro dates back to 1912 and is one of the oldest in Paris. For €39 you can enjoy three courses of reassuringly French bistro food, like parsnip velouté, and wild rabbit with celeriac. Plus a wine list stretching to over 300 bottles. One Michelin star.
20 rue Saint Martin
Japanese chef Shinsuke Nakatani has amazing pedigree, having trained under Hélène Darroze. Find out just why he deserves his one Michelin star at his eponymous restaurant by enjoying four courses, including amuse, for €40 ($50).
27 rue Pierre Leroux 10
10. ALAN GEAAM
Lebanese chef Alan Geaam's rags to riches story has capitivated many. Having arrived in Paris aged 24, he was initially homeless, before getting a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant. Now with the award of a Michelin star for his fusion of Lebanese and French cuisines, the story is complete. Three courses for €40.
19 rue Lauriston