The sons of a restaurant owner (their mother has been at the helm of Le Tagine, near the Cirque d’Hiver, for 30 years), Yanice and Jaïs Mimoun, two endearing brothers, have remained true to the order of protocol by leaving the prerogative of pastillas, couscous and other Moroccan specialties in the hands of their mother. In 2012, they opened a radiant bistro called Le Petit Célestin, on the quay of the same name. It was listed two years running in the Top 100 of Paris restaurants under €50 (wine included). Riding on their success, they have just opened a new bistronomic location where the Petit Thiou used to be, creating a bright setting with blue tables, brown wood chairs, stone walls and Art Deco chandeliers. Working in the kitchen that opens onto the dining room, Jaïs sets the tone for a tantalizing culinary score in perfect harmony with the seasons: excellent crispy pig’s trotters and herb salad (€12), generous and beautifully aged Simmental ribeye (nearly 400g), accompanied with a purée of charred onions (€36). If you have still got the appetite, don’t hesitate to order the flawless baked Alaska (€11). Special mention for the delicious bread from Thierry Breton, served slightly toasted. Fine selection of wines at reasonable prices.
Noon to 2:30pm and 7pm to 10:30pm
Average price: €55