Le Faust : one location, two ambiences
As soon as it opened, we told you about Le Faust, a truly original restaurant with a monumental setting, stone arches and light fittings based on the gas lamps of the 1900s. However, that was before the floods in 2016, when the Seine rose 1.8 m above ground level and submerged the dining room. Given the success of the club area, rather than simply refurbish the décor, the management of the Parisian establishment decided to radically change its approach. As a result, the restaurant installed under the arches of the Alexandre III Bridge has gone, replaced by a huge terrace under great white awnings on the quay itself. The lunchtime menu is not sophisticated, just a dozen dishes prepared by young chef Daniel Renaudie (discovered at the Else), which are served as either starters or main courses. This means that patrons can freely compose their own meal – choosing, for instance, grilled squid, served with smoked eggplant, caramelized onions, sesame paste and fresh mint at €11 or €20 and then chopped steak tartare at €11 or €20 (ask for extra mustard if you like it hot!), served with kidney potato chips. Then to conclude, a very pleasant fleur de sel chocolate mousse (€10). In the evening, there is a radical change of atmosphere. The menu is replaced by various street foods, with outlets offering Paris New York burgers or Babine French style artisanal hotdogs; pasta, focaccia and other Italian specialties from Italian Street Clan; small Chinese steamed buns in a bamboo basket from the Kiosque Dim Sum; or Breton style sweet pancakes from the Petit Corsaire delivery tricycle. Enough to keep anyone waiting happily in the crowd until the opening of Le Tunnel and a dance night of DJ sets.
Noon to 3pm (4pm on weekends) and 7pm to 12am
Open daily • Average price: €40.