Rae’s, bistro ambiance and trendy cuisine
The Sentier, the famous textile district of Paris, is continuing its metamorphosis. Following on from Elmer on rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth, and soon Daroco in the former Jean Paul Gaultier boutique, Vincent Rae, restaurant and hotel owner of eponymous establishments in Florida, Australia and Asia, has invested a former clothing shop in a beautiful Haussmannian building and transformed it into a trendy ground-floor bistro with a welcoming bar on the upper level. The dining room is inviting with its wood decor, wine crates on the walls and, of course, an open kitchen, all the rage on the restaurant scene. After a hectic beginning with a Japanese chef at the helm, the restaurant made a fresh start a few weeks later with Alsatian chef Sylvain Ruffenach, who has returned to France after working his way around the world. The menu created by Vincent Rae and prepared by the kitchen team rides the wave of current food trends, as evinced by a truly enjoyable ceviche with tiger’s milk and sweet potato (€13). The fish cotriade with saffron potatoes (€24), a Breton version of Marseille’s bouillabaisse, was equally delicious… despite the unexpected piece of salmon squatting in a dish that is traditionally made with white fish. A very sweet semifreddo with white chocolate, pistachio and gariguette strawberries brought the finishing touch to this pleasant meal, which can be enjoyed with a good local or foreign wine, chosen from an eclectic and well-composed wine list. Good news for smokers, a fumoir is available at the back of the room. Prix-fixe menu at €30 and lunch special at €24.
Noon to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm
Average price: €45