Ja Ja

Price guide: Mid-range

3 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Paris, 75004

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#45 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Couples, First-time travellers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Chilling out, Trendiness

Expert review of Ja Ja

This new Marais bistro offers much more than just plonk.

 After Glou like glug glug comes Ja Ja like decent plonk, except that this refreshing Marais sibling has some truly first-rate wines and real bistro cooking rather than the rustic nibbles of Glou. Reached through a discrete doorway, Ja Ja sits at the back of a small cobbled courtyard, with conservatory style glazed facade, painted white beams and funky circular skylights.

Food and drink: 

 Revisited terroir, focusing on quality raw materials and some imaginative touches. For lunch I had an interesting starter mixing raw and cooked salmon and crunchy julienned veg and a tender beef shank, also saw lots of people tucking into large steaks. Other dishes include chestnut soup with crispy bacon garnish, veal picata with ginger and lemon and a vegetarian pasta dish. The wine list is a serious tome featuring a lot of regional organic bottles, some classy Bordeaux, such as Haut-Brion, and even a few interesting foreign wines.

Ambience: 

 Relaxed and casual with a stylish feel, drawing chatty foodies and fashion folk, though beware tables are tightly packed, so not the place to pour out secrets.

Service: 

 Lithe fashionably bearded waiters who appeal to the Marais gay crowd though the clientele is eclectic and mixed.

Location: 

 Discretely placed on one of the southern Marais's classic cruising and shopping streets.

Price advice: 

 Around 45 euros à la carte, though there's an excellent value weekday blackboard lunch formule (17 euros two courses) - ask for it or they'll only produce the carte.

Other useful branches: 

 Older sibling Glou on 101 rue Vieille-du-Temple has more of a wine bar feel.

More information on Ja Ja:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
French, Steak
Address:
3 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Paris, 75004
Telephone:
01 42 74 71 52
Website:
http://www.jaja-resto.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
daily noon-2.30pm, 8-11pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
wines

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