Le Buisson Ardent
25 rue de Jussieu, Paris, 75005
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Romance, Sightseeing
Expert review of Le Buisson Ardent
With its wood panelling, 1920s murals and tulip lights, the burning bush at first appears rather incongrous opposite the monolithic steel bars of the Jussieu Faculty/ a relic of old Paris against 70s redevelopment but this mix of styles is rather typical of Latin Quarter eclecticism and suits of the mix of tradition and modernity on the menu as well. In fact, this is one of my reliable standbys: a place where I come when friends are in town or for an inexpensive lunch with real cooking at very good prices.
The menu changes with the seasons but is an appealing mix of hearty traditional dishes and modern ideas, regional produce with Mediterranean touches – perhaps, calf's liver accompanied by swiss chard with black olives, a mackerel tagine, a tabouleh and smoked salmon starter. The soups are often particularly good, though I've occasionally found the seasoning a little awry. The lunch menu usually contains a meat and a fish choice – I recently had an excellent paupiette de porc (roast stuffed pork) with long baked veg and tagliatelle, while my daughter had hake. Desserts go a little way out of the ordinary – last time a quince roasted with chestnut honey (good, though very sweet) and gingerbread, and the bread is all made in-house. There is a short but well-chosen wine list – try the white St-Péray from the Rhône valley if it's available.
A calm setting for serious eating and conversation: Jussieu academics and Latin Quarter residents at lunch and a more international mix at night as tourists come here from nearby hotels.
Polite, young and low-key quite like the place.
The vintage interior appears somewhat incongrous opposite the 70s steel and glass architecture of the Jussieu faculty, yet is typical of the eclectic mix of the Latin Quarter; for sightseers, the Mouff, Panthéon, Arènes de Lutèce and the Seine are all nearby.
The blackboard lunch menu is a bargain 14.60 for two courses, 18.50 for three; more elaborate menu carte served at lunch and dinner costs 27.60 euros for two courses, 31 euros for three.
I prefer the front dining room to the more contemporary styled room at the rear; there are also a few outdoor tables.
More information on Le Buisson Ardent:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Restaurant
- French, Mediterranean
- 25 rue de Jussieu, Paris, 75005
- 01 43 54 93 02
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 7.30pm-10.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards: