BP take: Pedigreed produce—Utah Beach oysters, bellota ham and charcuterie—stands in as a sort of delicious place-maker for the work of real cooking here, but Glou does offer a few hot dishes daily: beef cheeks braised in red wine, salmon with sesame seeds and baby spinach. There’s a terrific wine list, reasonable prices and a great atmosphere. €30 per person without wine.

“I was initially wary of Glou. A new bistrot in the Marais run by the former editor-in-chief of a popular but now defunct French food magazine, it had received a chorus of happy hosannas from the clubby inner circles of Paris food writers, which made me wonder if: a) it could possibly be any good; and b) anyone not a member of the foodie fraternity would enjoy a meal here. The answers are yes and yes.” — Alexander Lobrano, France Today (2009)

101 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003. Tel: 01 42 74 44 32. Lunch menus start at 17 euros. Main courses from 16 euros.

Lead photo credit : Glou restaurant Paris

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