Warm Scottish hospitality meets classic French wine expertise at Juveniles, located at the heart of the city in Paris’s 1st arrondissement. The founder, Scotsman Tim Johnson, has handed ownership over to his daughter Margaux and French son in law Romain Roudeau, and the couple have allowed the bistro’s cultural blend to flourish even further.
The walls are lined with bottles of wine; the decor is à la française. Romain, who is also the head chef, serves updated versions of traditional French dishes such as andouilette sausages with sides of salsify, asparagus or avocado purée. The food is carefully constructed and elegantly presented, always made from the best quality ingredients (on our visit, we loved the boiled egg with beetroot and the shoulder of lamb). The menu changes throughout the year, following the natural seasons of when foods are at their best.
These Scots may have embraced French food, but they haven't forgotten their own specialities. Haggis is a rare find in Paris, but you'll find it loud and proud chez Juveniles. And if haggis isn’t for you, the creamy British Stilton on offer as a part of the cheese platter might pacify any longings for British classics.
Juveniles goes by the motto ‘When the fat are thin, the thin will be dead!’, so finish up on a sweet note with the selection of moreish desserts or roast seasonal fruits. Juveniles is a perfect spot for visitors to the city or expats with a longing for home, providing pure French class with a friendly flash of tartan.