L'Ourcine

Address: 92 rue Broca, Paris, 75013, France
Telephone: 01 47 07 13 65

- Mid-range

4.7

Gourmet bistro fare at fabulous value.

This is one of my favourites among the new generation of good-value gourmet bistros. Sylvain Danière worked at La Régalade and L'Epi Dupin before setting up on his own in this old 17th-century auberge and you can see him working away in the tiny kitchen through the hatch.

Food and drink
4.7
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Service
4.6
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Food and drink
4.7
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Value for money
4.6
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Ambience
4.3
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Location
4.2
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Food and drink

Reliably good revisited regional cooking, with the emphasis on seasonal produce and a blackboard offering that changes frequently – fish is brought in daily from Breton ports – and although the style is firmly bistro, you also get extras, such as an amuse gueule glass of chilled cauliflower soup. On my last visit we had an excellent chilled soup, then Challans chicken with tiny mousseron mushrooms, and delicious red mullet with asparagus and leeks. Good chocolately desserts. Look out also for wild mushrooms and game in winter.

Ambience

A tranquil, intimate dining room in a 17th-century building, with exposed stone walls, drawing Left Bank 30 to 50 somethings and a scattering of Anglophones, for whom the waitress will happily translate the menu.

Service

Young and earnest.

Location

On a quiet street in the historic part of the 13th arrondissement, just beyond the Latin Quarter, in what was once the tanneries district near Les Gobelins.

Price advice

The three-course prix-fixe costs 34 euros at dinner, with lunch at 24 for two courses, 34 for three; there are supplements on a few of the "special" dishes. Most wines are in the 20-30 euro bracket.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

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