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Baltard au Louvre

This restaurant used to be the Brasserie Baumann (the inventor of seafood choucroute!), before becoming the Pavillon Baltard. Closed for around ten years, it was given a new lease of life by Laurent Fréchet (Pirouette, Zébulon, etc.) and Vincent Sitz (La Villa Corse) who asked designer Sonia Rogalski to revamp the entire place with a more modern look. Mission accomplished, and how! A spacious dining room with high ceilings and a kitchen set up right in the room facing the entrance. The owners also played a good hand by choosing Ewout Vranckx, a young Belgian chef who trained under Jean-François Rouquette at Pur’, to run the kitchen.

Filled with ideas, he gives free rein to his genuine passion for vegetables and graphic plating style. With all of these strong qualities, this new, trendy location hasn’t lost its head when it comes to prices: an affordable special at €22 and prix-fixe menu at €25 for lunch, and prix-fixe menu at €36 or €45 (4 courses) for dinner. So we had every reason to appreciate a vegetarian emulsion of artichoke and warm vegetables with fresh herbs, Saint-Jacques scallops with chestnut confit, and a whisky baba with orange cream and carrot granita.

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Baltard au Louvre

9, rue Coquillière, 75001, Paris Phone : 09 83 32 01 29 www.baltard.com
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On Monday nights, you can listen to jazz sets and jam sessions in the basement. The budding success of the Baltard should be confirmed come spring, when its sprawling 200-seat terrace opens overlooking the Canopée and former Bourse de Commerce, soon home to the Pinault collection. On Sundays, you can order a leg of lamb for the whole table to share. No set children’s menu here, rather the meal is charged the equivalent of the child’s age.

Baltard au Louvre.
Noon to 2:30pm and 7pm to 10pm.

Closed Sunday for dinner – Average price: €36.

By La Rédaction. Photo : Aimery Chemin 2017. - Published the

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