Chez Dumonet – Josephine

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6th arrondissement

This bastion of classic bistro cooking, where the use of luxury ingredients brings a splash of glamour, is guaranteed to please the faithful, well-heeled local clientele. The room with its nicotine-coloured walls and massive cast-iron radiators looks comfortingly old-fashioned, while the formal staff reinforce the impression of serious Parisian eating. The good news is that several dishes are available as half portions, opening up the possibility of exploring some classy numbers without your credit card melting. We were tempted by a salad of lamb’s lettuce, warm potatoes and truffle shavings in its €31 half-portion version. This was a sexy dish, with the musky perfume of black truffles gloriously present. After a slab of excellent homemade terrine, we tried the often-abused tournedos Rossini. Here, the fresh truffles and slice of foie gras on a tender fillet might have found favour with the great musician, whose incitement to an impatient chef to ‘tournez le dos’ if he did not want advice gave a name to this star dish. Delicious sautéed potatoes, rich in goose fat and a touch of garlic, accompanied both this and a top-quality andouillette. After finishing our bottle of Côtes du Rhône, we resisted the sumptuous-looking puddings and settled for some excellent petits fours ad a digestif from the traditional bar.

Venue name: Chez Dumonet – Josephine
Address: 117 rue du Cherche-Midi, 6e

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2pm, 7pm-10.30pm
Transport: Métro : Duroc
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