Paris Restaurants: What’s Open in August 2020

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Paris Restaurants: What’s Open in August 2020
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”  –The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath There’s a rocky road ahead for the hospitality industry and we need to celebrate these restaurants. You’ll have a hard time selecting just one fabulous address – why not try them all? EDO POP-UP at the Palais de Tokyo Facing the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, we’re surprised the Ville de Paris agreed to stage this. Maybe because a wing of the Palais de Tokyo houses the Museum of Modern Art. So, until October 15th, EDO is the place to be! This multicultural summer ephemeral street food project is located on the fabulous Palais de Tokyo forecourt. Helmed by badass chef Mory Sacko who trained with Thierry Marx at The Mandarin Oriental, Paris and was an M6 TV ex-top chef contender, EDO features street food with African and Japanese influences. In September Mory will launch his own place in the 14th arrondissement. La Fontaine Gaillon La Fontaine Gaillon Superchef Marc Veyrat composes a menu with accents on lake fish, accompanied by light sauces and wines which are a nod and wink to former owner Gérard Depardieu. Expect langoustine or crayfish carpaccio – spicy lobster and Roquefort casserole or lake and sea fish bouillabaisse. For carnivores, there’s beef tenderloin Rossini or lamb with thyme. At lunch – Starter – Main – Dessert €45. Dinner: average spend €80+wine – try the crisp, fruity, white “La Derive” Roussette de Savoie 2018 (€35) in homage to the quirky chef in the black hat. The terrasse at Jòia Jòia by Helene Darroze “Welcome to the new Jòia after four months of le confinement,” says Helene Darroze. The lovely new terrace is planted with aromatic plants and herbs. The menu, inspired by the Pays Basque, features cocktails and tapas to share, signature mains such as line caught Merlu (hake) from Saint-Jean de Luz, Aubrac beef a la plancha with honey drizzled carrots and rosemary and sheep’s cheese crispy potatoes. Dessert? Baba XXL soaked in Darroze Armagnac. Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11h30-15h (€45). Take out available via click & collect or delivered to your door. Yummy. Take me there! Le Grand Café d’Athènes La Grand Café d’Athènes Open 7/7 from 8.30am-11pm. Cheffe Chloe Monchalin has decorated her bistro/taverna with sun dried ceramics handmade by the Lembesis family on Sifnos Island, along with Athens flea market finds. The menu’s inspired by recipes from Chloé’s Greek mother-in-law. And Chloe’s husband is the chef Philip Chronopoulos so expect sharing dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients, mezzedes etc. “It’s simple, tasty Greek cuisine with my own twist”, says cheffe Chloe. Interesting wine card, includes Greek style cocktails/mocktails. Ever tasted AOP Amyndeon Rosé Pétillant, Domaine Kir Yianni, Akakiès? – aphrodisiac, darlings!

Lead photo credit : Chef Mory Sacko at EDO

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !


  • Ellen A.
    2020-08-07 08:06:53
    Ellen A.
    Wonderful article with just the right number of well-chosen places. The photo of food at Pepita made me swoon. Thank you!


  • Laura Warnock
    2020-08-06 05:29:01
    Laura Warnock
    Thank you for today's newsletter, I want to try every one of the restaurants. The doors are still locked so I cannot get to Paris. It would be such a pleasure to experience the city with just Parisians and very few tourists. For weeks I have seen photos and read accounts about this time in Paris and other places in the world. I first saw Paris as a young girl of 8 and have few memories of it other than being in the Georges V. Experiencing the city now would be a gift.