The bistronomy trend

Much in-vogue, bistronomy makes haute cuisine accessible by combining bistro culture with gastronomy.

Pierre Sang in Oberkampf, comptoir, Paris © Nicolas Villion

The popularity of bistronomy has brought new life to gastronomy. This trend was launched at the beginning of the 1990s by chef Yves Camdeborde, who wanted to make haute cuisine more accessible by bringing bistro culture and gastronomy together.

This style of cooking has been named ‘bistronomy’ (a contraction of ‘bistro’ and ‘gastronomy’) – a neologism created by the journalist and food critic Sébastien Demorand in 2004. The trend has caught on with a whole new generation of talented young chefs.

The recipe?  The ingredients are simple: you just take traditional specialities, add a love of good produce, an artist’s vision, and sprinkle it with creativity, which the eastern part of Paris certainly seems to be a favoured spot for.

International flavours

The most talked-about bistronomy place in town right now is Le Chateaubriand, which features in British food magazine Restaurant’s list of the Top 100 restaurants in the world. The chef here Iñaki Aizpitarte is of Basque origins, a real mentor for a whole generation of cooks. Get ready for a feast of surprising and delightful flavours and textures for the eyes and taste buds, beautifully presented. To book a table, you have to be patient. If you do not wish to wait, you can also enjoy the cooking of this much in-vogue chef at the Dauphin, the offspring of the Chateaubriand, situated a few metres away. Bistronomy-priced cooking with a touch of the artistry of chef Aizpitarte to boot. 

Still in the 10th, Porte 12 is housed in a former couture and lingerie workshop. In the kitchen, the chef Vincent Crépel, from the Basque Country, serves cuisine that has a compelling individual style. A few streets away, along the Canal Saint-Martin, Maria Belza is the "little Biarritz in Paris" with an atypical and original decor.

In the neighbouring arrondissement, rue Saint-Maur, Le Servan, run by sisters Katia and Tatiana Levha (Tatiana has worked at L’Arpège and L’Astrance), serves French food with a foreign twist. On the menu: nice traditional dishes with occasional Asian influences.

Japanese chefs and french cuisine

Clown Bar, intérieur 2, Paris © Jérôme Galland

A veritable phenonemon in the world of gastronomy, Japanese chefs adopt and enhance French cuisine to perfection.

Like at Abri, a pocket-sized restaurant, where the chef Katsuaki Okiyama, (whose CV already includes Robuchon, Taillevent and L’Agapé), offers upscale gastronomy. On Monday and Saturday, the legendary sandwich tonkatsu is a big hit: a snack version of a typical Japanese dish of crusty breaded and fried pork.

At Le Grand 8 another talented Japanese chef of note is Masahide Ikuta. On the menu here, seasonal ingredients and a presentation inspired by nature.

In the 11th arrondissement, another great address is the much talked about Clown Bar, housed in the former watering hole of the Cirque d’hiver. In the kitchens, the Japanese chef Atsumi Sota presides over the cooking and offers a menu that cleverly reinvents bistro-style cuisine.  The listed decor, on the theme of circus clowns, also makes it worth a visit.

A different menu every day

Why not astonish your taste buds with a surprise menu. In Paris, this trend is all the rage in many new bistros.

Pierre Sang, a young chef frequently in the news, has opened not one but three places. His first restaurant, Pierre Sang in Oberkampf, serves up a surprise menu – a different one each day – comprising six mystery dishes with a French-Korean twist. It is up to you to guess the ingredients! And if you can’t, no matter, all will be revealed after your meal. A real culinary experience.

Au Pavillon Paris

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
65 boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris, 75001

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Maria Belza

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
90 quai de Jemmapes, Paris, 75010

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Traditional French cuisine
92 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris, 75010

Please kindly book in advance! A feast for the taste buds and the eyes from the Japanese chef. Unbeatable value for money.

Clown Bar

114 rue Amelot, Paris, 75011

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Le Chateaubriand

Traditional French cuisine
129 avenue Parmentier, Paris, 75011

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Le Dauphin

131 avenue Parmentier, Paris, 75011

Striking decor composed of white marble, mirror-walls and mahogany and lacquered wood furniture complements Basque chef Inaki......

Le Servan

Traditional French cuisine
32 rue Saint-Maur, Paris, 75011

This restaurant is run by the Lehva sisters, of Franco-Filipino origin. One trained at the Arpège and the Astrance, the other at......

Pierre Sang in Oberkampf

Traditional French cuisine
55 rue Oberkampf, Paris, 75011

The chef Pierre Sang, made famous in 2011 by the TV programme Top Chef, opened his first Parisian restaurant on the lively rue......

Porte 12

Traditional French cuisine
12 rue des Messageries, Paris, 75010

The restaurant Porte 12 is located in the dynamic 10th arrondissement. Here you can enjoy dishes by chef Vincent Crépel in a......