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2nd arrondissement

After 18 years of good and faithful service at the Petit Journal Montparnasse, jazz nut and restaurateur Philippe Fèvre decided to open his own restaurant in Rue Montmartre. This quiet and slightly outdated spot offers a classic menu that doesn’t put on any airs or graces, and stays the same from lunchtime through dinner. Starters include a warm savoury cake and a terrine de campagne, the inevitable duck confit, and skirt steak with shallots among the mains. (Menu+concert, €35, or €15 door charge only including drink.) But it is the basement jazz concerts that distinguish this restaurant. Mr Fèvre, a connoisseur known in jazz circles, invites specialist musicians to join in sessions of be-bop, bossa nova, blues, jazz vocals and swing from Tuesday to Saturday after dinner. Rather sweetly, the owner takes great care with the service, lending a charming personal touch.

Venue name: Jazzcartoon
Address: 138 rue de Montmartre

Opening hours: De 12h à 14h30 du lundi au vendredi et de 20h à 1h du jeudi au samedi. Fermé le dimanche
Transport: Métro : Bourse
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