Food and drink
Fish, shellfish and nothing but. The cooking style is very minimalist here – don't be surprised if your dish comes accompanied by no more than a few baby potatoes – but the fish is always beautifully fresh and the timing just right. Tiny, buttery clams to nibble, then whitebait or razor shells as starter might be followed by baby sole or john dory, and owner-chef Allemandou is not afraid to serve less fashionable species such as mackerel. Classic desserts include fruit tarts and chocolate profiteroles, and Allemandou is also famed for his collection of vintage cognacs.
Calm and civilised with an eclectic range of diners, mostly French.
Helpful and efficient without being obtrusive.
In the modern part of redeveloped Montparnasse with plentiful outdoor tables on the square in summer.
The formule at 23 euros for two courses and menu at 38 for three courses, half a bottle of wine and coffee are excellent value for fish of this quality, based on a limited selection of dishes from the carte. Allow around 45 euros if eating à la carte.
Tables to book
Ask for a table outdoors in summer.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions