BUZZ Extra: Little B by Dominique Bouchet, Paris 8th

By Margaret Kemp

Little B publicity photo

Little B, Paris 8th

Dominique Bouchet (ex-Le Crillon) launched his eponymous neo-bistro six years ago and has been playing to full houses ever since. His delicious Michelin-starred food and the relaxed atmosphere means you have to book well ahead.  What is it about these ex-Crillon chefs? Christian Constant and Jean-François Piège seem to get off on taking over the streets where they cook! At No. 9, Bouchet's got his Wa - Bi Salon, a beautiful Zen space showcasing the alliance of Japanese and French cuisine, flower arranging, wines and sake.

Little B opened recently next door and it's always buzzing. Bouchet's haute couture fast food concept is a bright contemporary red and grey space. 

“It's the premier self-service gastronomique à Paris,” he explains. So you grab a bespoke made silver tray, take cutlery and glass and head for the self-serve line and the welcoming open kitchen. Only the best: note the tableware from Guy Degrenne and Montgolfier.

“It's self-service pour les gastronomes pressés,” says Bouchet.

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On a plexiglass board, the daily fare: Soupe, say, Crème de Topinambour, Bavette sauce échalote, Joue de Porc coquillets, Truite de mer, sauce beurre blanc. Or, a black lacquer dish of O Bento filled fresh daily by a Japanese chef: omelette japonaise, porc laqué, makis. All to eat in or take away.

“At last, an authentic O Bento in Paris,” says Noriko, from the Japanese embassy.

Little B O Bento box. Publicity photo.

Dessert includes salade de fruits or the very French, epic baba au rhum, clafoutis aux pommes, etc.

No wonder the food's so delicious: in the open kitchen you'll find Christophe Luzié (ex-Crillon) and Sébastien Guillot, chef at Dominique Bouchet. Gaëlle, his adorable daughter, is en salle, discreet and efficient.

It's so chic, darling.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Little B

Tél: 01 4563 4047

11, rue Treilhard, Paris 8th

Métro: Miromesnil

Open: Mon-Fri lunch only and Open Thursday night for dinner with table service: 3 courses 38€ includes wine

Plat du Jour 12.80€

Starter/Main or Main/Dessert 16.50€

3 courses – 21 50€

A La carte about 17€ + wine

Order online to take-away - Tél: 01 45 63 40 47

Margaret Kemp is a British-born Cordon Bleu graduate who traveled the world and worked in the kitchens of the world's top chefs in Australia, Asia, the USA and France before becoming a food and restaurant writer. Her Sunday BUZZ columns feature interviews with prominent chefs plus the latest restaurant and entertainment news published exclusively for BonjourParis Premium Members.

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