Le Gaigne

Address: 12 rue Pecquay, Paris, 75004, France
Telephone: 01 44 59 86 72

- Mid-range

4.3

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
4.5
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Service
4
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Food and drink
4.5
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Value for money
4.2
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Ambience
4
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Location
4.4
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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 [node:168632].

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Romance

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