Restaurants , French 11th arrondissement
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© Time Out / A-M.T


© Time Out / A-M.T

Feeling faint, feeling famished, falling off the wagon? Head to the 11th arrondissement for some comfort food. On the bustling Rue Oberkampf, l’Estaminet is a little piece of the south western Epinal region among the Parisian cobbles, guaranteed to provide succour.

Ochre hues, bare wood and yellowing wallpaper give this Aveyron canteen the charm of a Parisian bistro of yesteryear. On sunny days, the verdant terrace is a lovely place to digest a generous house salad of tuna or gizzard confit, lardons and potatoes. Starters are excellent things like foie gras ravioli (€7.50 euros) or aubergine and goat’s cheese millefeuille (€6.90).

In the cold of winter, you might prefer to take refuge in the little dining room on the ground floor or in the pretty cellar. This is the season for the famous Aveyron escalope – a gorgeous piece of veal served with Cantal ham and sautéed potatoes. A heart attack on a plate, but worth it for consolation from bitter winter chills. Dishes range from €14.50 (the Estraburger, the salads) to €17 (veal escalope, the braised lamb), good prices for the quality.

If you have any room left for dessert, the sinful Caprice de Jeanne or the slightly lighter Nutella and cookie tiramisu (all desserts €6.80) should be enough to finish off the most demanding appetite. The wine list is extensive and regularly updated, though not cheap by the glass (around €4). Still, great cooking, quick and friendly service and a cheerful atmosphere all add up to a real gem.  
Venue name: L'Estaminet
Address: 116 rue Oberkampf

Opening hours: Tous les jours de midi à 15h30 et de 19h00 à 0h30
Transport: Métro : Ménilmontant ou Parmentier
Price: Environ 17 euros le plat
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