Le Chardenoux des Prés
Time Out says
Friendly warning! We're working hard to be accurate. But these are unusual times, so please check that venues remain open.
Back in the day this site hosted Claude Sainlouis, a bistro that was legendary in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 1960s. Now run by the media-savvy Cyril Lignac, the address at 27 Rue de Dragon has changed its name, but without losing its well-known flowered wallpaper.
Le Chardenoux des Prés, the younger sibling of the right bank’s Le Chardenoux, has kept its old-style charm. It has the air of a grandmother’s dining room, with old presidential photographs, a marble counter and Berkel meat slicer. But if the ambiance hasn’t changed, the cooking has developed nicely.
Comfortably settled into cognac-coloured banquettes, we hesitated between splashing out on starter or dessert – fried squid with espelette pepper or run baba? A fricassee of girolles mushrooms or fresh figs with vanilla crème glacée? Our main was easier – a small casserole of cockles made unctuous with fine slivers of apple. All of which is to say that Les Chardenoux des Prés offers bistro cooking of rare delicacy, with a very affordable lunchtime formula of €25 for starter, main and dessert. A winner.
27 rue du Dragon
|Transport:||Métro : Saint-Sulpice|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 12noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm; Sat-Sun 12noon-3.30pm|