From the day it opened, the long-awaited Racine des Prés has drawn foodistas from across Paris for the reboot of the now-closed restaurant Racines 2. With a location steps from Joël Robuchon’s L’Atelier on a quiet little square, David Lanher knows the recipe for success. Let’s not forget he is the head of a bistro empire (Racines, La Crèmerie, Caffé Stern, Au Bon Saint-Pourçain, Panache, to name a few). The decor is warm and inviting with its moldings, bistro bench seating and lively atmosphere. Working in affinity with chef Alexandre Navarro, he offers a classic menu with an inventive touch at affordable prices. Dishes change according to season and the chef’s whim. We thoroughly enjoyed the green asparagus and artichoke barigoule, the thick slice of turbot and the pork rib. Adding flavor and depth to the dishes, the pan juices and reductions are prepared with precision. The wine list features nice little crus de terroir (Languedoc, Alsace, etc.), well presented by the sommelier. The service is already a victim of this success: count on almost an hour’s wait for the starter before everything falls into place… with a smile. With such great value for money, Racines des Prés is set to be one of the most popular restaurants in the area.
Noon to 2:30pm and 7:30pm to 10:30pm Closed Saturday for lunch and Sunday Average price: €40.