Have you always wanted to try the dishes of some of France's most famous chefs but been put off by the price tag? The good news is now you can with bistronomy!
Several renowned French chefs have opened bistro style restaurants around the country where the know-how and quality of the products is worthy of a star-studded restaurant, but the attached bill won't make your eyes water.
Discover seven addresses of some of the best examples of French bistronomy, from Paris to Marseille, where booking a table won't break the bank.
1. Le Papillon by Christophe Saintagne
Christophe Saintagne, former three-star chef of Le Meurice, opened his first restaurant, Le Papillon, in February 2016. The menu is simple, clear and brilliantly executed, served in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The hardest thing will be choosing between the tempting array of dishes.
Where? Papillon, 8 rue Meissonier, 17e arrondissement, ParisMenu Between 28 and 36 euros for lunchWeb
2. La Table by Gérald Passedat
Another three-star chef, Gérald Passedat, has also given in to the temptation of the bistro by opening La Table, where lovers of Mediterranean cuisine can enjoy a fish broth or an octopus carpaccio ... Dishes offer a change from the ordinary in this warm neo-bistro in Marseille.
Where? La Table, Le Mole Passedat, 1 esplanade on the 4th district, 2nd arrondissement, MarseilleMenu from 55 to 75 eurosWeb
3. Le Terroir Parisien from Yannick Alléno
Three Michelin star chef Yannick Allénois never short of ideas. Here the chef of the Ledoyen Pavilion offers up bistro style cuisine highlighting the agriculture and flavors of Île-de-France. You will find traditional and perfectly realized dishes on the menu like the Veau-hot gribiche sauce, Black Boudin and its mellow purée or terrine of chicken liver.
Where? Terroir Parisien, 20 rue Saint-Victor, 5e arrondissement, Paris. 28 place de la Bourse, 2e arrondissement, ParisMenu from 24 to 32 eurosWeb
4. Flocoons Village by Emmanuel Renaut
Emmanuel Renaut is not satisfied with simply owning his three-star restaurant Flocons de Sel in Megève. For a few years now, the place has also offered a bistro where tables are prized! Nems de reblochon, filet of beef, roasted scallops ... Think of reserving your table in the hope of tasting all these delights!
Where? Flocons Village, 75 rue Saint-François, MegeveMenu from 20 to 31 eurosWeb
5. Le Chardenoux by Cyril Lignac
Cyril Lignac is one of the few starred chefs to master both sweet and savory. Besides his many pastries and the opening of his chocolate factory, the #croquantgourmand chef proposes his vision of the Parisian bistro at Chardenoux, a bistronomic address in the 11th arrondissement. Croque-monsieur, organic burger, mellow chocolate grand cru ... Everything may look simple yet the experience is unique.
Where? Le Chardenoux, 1 rue Jules Valles, 11e arrondissement, ParisMenu from 22 to 39 eurosWeb
6. La Brasserie des Haras by Marc Haeberlin
Strasbourg's most famous chef likes to vary pleasures. In addition to his star-studded Auberge de l'Ill, Marc Haeberlin also offers a more affordable menu at La Brasserie des Haras. This two-storey bistro offers traditional French cuisine as well as international, in a chic and cozy atmosphere.
Where ? La Brasserie des Haras, 23 rue des Glacières, StrasbourgMenu from 25 to 31 eurosWeb
7. L'Embarcadère from Georges Blanc
To try Georges Blanc's cuisine at a reduced cost, head in the direction L'Embarcadère, on the edge of the Saône. The three-star chef has installed a chic and contemporary gourmet restaurant in an old nautical base which was also rewarded with a gourmet Bib in 2014.
Where? L'Embarcadère, 15 avenue de la Plage, Jassans-RiottierMenu from 22 to 64 eurosWeb
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