129 avenue Parmentier, Paris, 75011
- Recommended for:
- Foodies, Celebrity spotting, Relaxation, Trendiness
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Le Châteaubriand
People tend to love or hate this place and although some people say they don't get what all the fuss is about, I adore the Chateaubriand, with its combination of really exciting food from Basque chef Inaki Aizpartarte, totally trad setting (1930s' bistro with titled floor, banquettes and globe lamps) and buzzy crowd. It can be difficult to get a table, though I've found that a bit of perseverence on the phone can help, even when they say it's full.
The five course no-choice menu changes all the time. Not every dish works, and as with anywhere with a regularly changing no-choice menu, there's a certain element of chance as to what you get on the night, but in my opinion this is some of the most adventurous food in Paris. Brilliantly crafted preparations, perhaps beetroot foam, a glass of oyster froth to drink through a straw, tuna encased in a box of raw carrot, chocolate with red pepper puree, show Aizpartarte's intuitive mix of flair and finesse, and daring combinations of textures and flavours. He is self taught and a globetrotter and his cuisine has a sense of freedom you don't always find among classically trained chefs. The wine list is interesting, too, with mainly natural wines (unfiltered, no sulphates, etc) from small producers.
A vintage bistro setting with a buzzy atmosphere as international foodies, creative locals, fashion and showbiz faces crowd in for the nonchalent mood and adventurous food.
A laidback team of sexy, good-looking waiters: lots of designer stubble.
A busy thoroughfare east of République.
45 euro five-course dinner menu.
More information on Le Châteaubriand:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Restaurant
- French, Modern
- 129 avenue Parmentier, Paris, 75011
- 01 43 57 45 95
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sat 7.30-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential