Le Gaigne

Price guide: Mid-range

12 rue Pecquay, Paris, 75004

Price guide: Mid-range

Le Gaigne

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#58 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Romance

Expert review of Le Gaigne

A great new Marais bistro, with sophisticated cuisine.

This tiny but cheerful pared-back modern bistro is easy to miss from the street but is one of my favourite recent discoveries because of the inventive cooking of young chef Mickael Gaignon, who used to work for haute-cuisine chef Pierre Gagnaire. Gaignon runs the whole show with his wife, who serves while he's in the kitchen.

Food and drink: 

The brilliant-value weekly changing, weekday lunch menu proposes a short choice of fresh, appetising dishes – on my visit I sampled carrot and cumin soup poured over grated carrot, and perfectly seasoned scorpion fish with a lemony, pepper garnish and polenta. There are more complex things à la carte, such as scallop tartare with piquillos peppers, john dory with ginger and lemongrass crumble, or bigorre pork with snow peas – he makes good use of herbs and spices and is particularly adept with fish.

Ambience: 

Just a handful of tables in a contemporary decor of concrete and exposed stone, photos and lilac-coloured chairs provide a pleasant, simple backdrop for visiting foodies and a well-dressed, cosmopolitan set of people who work or live in the Marais.

Service: 

Polite and attentive.

Location: 

On a tiny Marais side street just off busy rue Rambuteau; well placed for the Marais and the Centre Pompidou.

Price advice: 

Superb value on weekday lunchtimes, when the weekly changing menu costs 17 euros for two courses, 23 euros for three. Perhaps a little pricey in the evening, when you can expect to pay around 48 à la carte or 42 euros for the five-course tasting menu.

More information on Le Gaigne:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
French, Seafood
Address:
12 rue Pecquay, Paris, 75004
Telephone:
01 44 59 86 72
Website:
http://www.restaurantlegaigne.fr
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Thu 12.15pm-2pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm; Fri & Sat 12.15pm-2pm, 7.30pm-11pm; closed for three weeks in August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Le Gaigne? Would you recommended it?