L’ASSIETTE “For me, L’Assiette is one of the best French bistros in Montparnasse. It’s open for dinner on Sundays, and I often pop in with my girls at the end of the weekend for their excellent cassoulet. The place is usually always buzzing and with real Parisian spirit.” 181 Rue du Château, 75014 Paris restaurant-lassiette.paris L’AVANT COMPTOIR DU MARCHÉ “L’Avant Comptoir du Marché is a porcine-specialist tapas bar from southwestern French chef Yves Camdeborde, who has just opened his fourth site. This tapas bar is the perfect place to enjoy great-quality food sourced from independent producers and a delicious glass of wine in a relaxed ambience.” 14 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris « It’s the kind of southwestern French comfort food I make when friends come over for dinner. So this restaurant is about relaxing, sharing and having a good time.” 39 Rue des Jeûneurs, 75002 Paris joiahelenedarroze.com LE TRAIN BLEU “I go to the Train Bleu for its incredible atmosphere. It’s located in the hall of Paris’s Gard de Lyon station above the hustle-bustle of the main quais [path]. The restaurant itself is beautiful. It’s been elaborately decorated like the Palace of Versailles, and has an abundance of golden decoration and painted ceilings. A real must when in Paris.” Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris le-train-bleu.com 42
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Hélène Darroze and her culinary team, the open kitchens at Jòia and the stunning interior of Le Train Bleu in Paris’s Gard de Lyon station.