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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.
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.
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.
Tél: 01 4563 4047
11, rue Treilhard, Paris 8th
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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