Bistro Bellet is perhaps the closest thing to serviceable perfection currently available in the Paris restaurant scene.
The food makes sense (classic French, top ingredients), the décor makes sense (sparse but functional), the service makes sense (the service is excellent), and finally we have a place where we can walk-in for dinner until 11pm.
The menu is unassuming, but the quality is mindblowing. It is all the French classics tasting exactly the way they taste in your dreams (or in expensive French restaurants back home). Riffs on bouillabaisse, bœuf bourguignon, blanquette de veau, terrine to die for.
The only thing that I couldn’t get my head around was the price – in the sense that €36 for three outstanding courses feels like too little.
But if that is the one fault I can find with Bistro Bellet, you can understand why it has fast become one of my favourite addresses in Paris.
Impress fellow hipsters: chef François Chenel previously worked for Thierry Breton at Chez Michel.
Bistro Bellet, 84 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, 75010
T. +33 (0)1 45 23 42 06
Metro: Chateau d’Eau, Gare de l’Est
Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 7.00pm – 12.00am
Tuesday & Friday, 12.00pm – 2.30pm + 7.00pm – 12.00am
Closed Sunday & Monday