Bistros

Le Pré d’Ici

Former marketing guru Benjamin de la Boutresse made a radical career change and became a chef at the age of 29. After training at the Médéric school, followed by seven years in the kitchens of trendy bistros and gastronomic restaurants, he set up shop with his partner Adina in the former location of the Cottage Marcadet with a very topical concept: local products, sustainable fishing, fair trade, sustainable farming and organic agriculture. An ambitious project that is drawing more and more food-lovers who are attentive to what they eat to this bright, charming restaurant with an open kitchen. And they are right, because being careful about what you eat doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste – the proof is in the revisited pissaladière (€10) we had for our starter. We then opted for the catch of the day: a lovely line-caught pollock, fresh from Brittany (€24), on a bed of risotto nero and heightened with a delicate swimming crab bisque. A true delight, with the fresh fish nice and firm, cooked to perfection. For dessert, the Belle Hélène papaya with its frozen yogurt deserved better than the chocolate cream served with it (€11), but we were assured that an authentic hot chocolate sauce would soon be replacing it. A selection of wines, chiefly organic, make the perfect accompaniment to this quality fare. A place you must try for a very pleasant – and healthy – feast.

Noon to 2:30pm and 7:30 to 10:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Average price: €55.

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Le Pré d'Ici

151 bis, rue Marcadet, 75018, Paris Phone : 09 52 60 08 01 www.lepredici.fr
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By David Richard et Manuel Mariani - Published the

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