10 rue du Marché-St-Honoré, Paris, 75001
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Mature travellers, Singles, No fuss, People watching, Relaxation
Expert review of Le Rubis
If this place didn't exist you'd have to invent it. Long famed for its Beaujolais Nouveau parties in November, Le Rubis is genuine and totally unpretentious, a slice of old France of the sort that you imagine doesn't exist any more in smart central Paris. At lunchtime people stand along the zinc bar or squeeze onto the few tables downstairs or climb the narrow staircase to the first floor dining room where the cook might just usher you into the kitchen to see what's cooking as you go past. It's a timeless place with lino floor, plastic tables, paper tablecloths, worn-out chairs, lace curtains and even wine label wallpaper.
Simple filling food includes starters like rillettes and egg mayonnaise. The main courses change every day – on my last visit black pudding 'aux deux pommes' (with stewed apples and boiled potatoes), ham hock with lentils or brandade de morue. It's far from sophisticated but the apple tart is surprisingly good and there are also well-ripened cheeses. Wines by bottle, glass or filet focus on the Beaujolais crus and Rhône wines, although there are some Bordeaux and Burgundy.
A jovial social mix – local office workers, bourgeois couples in town for the day, workers from a nearby building site. In mid afternoon you're more likely to have the place almost to yourself and don't even think about those who come in for a glass of rouge on their way to work in the morning.
A friendly couple run the downstairs bar. Upstairs one bossy, motherly waitress serves the entire room and calls everyone, even 60 year olds, young man or woman.
Upmarket, fashionable Paris on a sidestreet linking place du Marché St-Honoré and rue St-Honoré; near to Musée du Louvre and Tuileries.
Main courses 10 to 12 euros, count around 20 euros for three courses.
More information on Le Rubis:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Bistro, Wine bar
- French, Traditional
- 10 rue du Marché-St-Honoré, Paris, 75001
- 01 42 61 03 34
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 9.30am-3pm. Closed first three weeks of August.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Cheap eats, Wine