The décor here is very bland, with its basic panelling, harsh lighting, old curtains and a Breton flag hung on one wall. The only charm of the place itself is its position in the small square in front of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, a rare haven of tranquillity near the bustling Gare du Nord. The service can be rather blunt, but is nonetheless convivial at heart. This restaurant is not big on flourishes, but it knows how to feed the famished.
All efforts have been concentrated on the quality of the produce and the confidence of the menu, which lists the origins of the produce and has added the occasional twist, like a small sharing plate of winkles with a house mayonnaise to go with the menu. Then choose from thigns like venison steak served with its foie gras, scallops, pork with lentils or venison steak on a bed of mushrooms.
Supplements of €5, €8 or even €10 are quickly added to the €34 fixed menu of main course and dessert, so the bill can seem unreasonable. Fortunately, dessert comes to the rescue. The Paris-Brest by Chez Michel, sprinkled with caramelized walnuts, is a king of desserts.
This restaurant serves one of Time Out's 50 best dishes in Paris. Click here to see the full list.
|Venue name:||Chez Michel||Contact:|
10 rue de Belzunce
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11.45am-2pm, 6.45pm-12mid, except Mon lunchtime|
|Transport:||Métro : Gare du Nord ou Poissonnière|
Average User Rating
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Not a bad place and good value. The service was relaxed and friendly. The cooking I found to be a bit basic but if that's what it is then that's what it is.
My husband and I had a lovely meal at Chez Michel on my birthday on September 17. Atmosphere, service and cuisine were all great. The main reason I am writing this review is that we both love mussels, and we had the MOST delicious mussels ever. They were steamed in foil with minced herbs, really tender and succulent, The rest of the meal was excellent also, and it is a friendly spot. It is on a tiny street and is not easy to find, but well worth the effort. Give yourself a treat and try it!