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L'Absinthe Bistro In Paris

L'Abisinthe has been a bistro for many years, but was taken over by the Michel Rostang Group and is now known as a Rostang Father and Daughters restaurant in Paris.

This modern bistro run by Caroline Rostang, who is daughter of Michel, the famous chef who first established the Michel Rostang restaurant in Paris back in the 1970's, has been turned into an upmarket bistro with audacious cooking from an experienced chef. And Although the name is a type of alcoholic drink, you will not find absinthe served here and before Michel Rostang took over this bistro, it was a quiet place that was little known.

L'Absinthe Bistro

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L'Absinthe Bistro In Paris

Having been extended and the interior re-done, it still has a relaxed atmosphere yet with refinement and a touch of Manhattan about it, yet still keeps traditional French touches and is now on two levels.

Located in the opera area of Paris in the 1st arrondissement close to The Louvre, which is probably the most famous of all museums in France, as you enter on the ground floor you will see the traditional brick walls and a very large clock positioned at one end of the dining room. 

Upstairs on the first floor, it has a slightly different feel and is more cosy and intimate in its decor, but there is also an original cellar that can be privatised.  And outside dining on the sidewalk terrace is a great way of people watching on a nice sunny day, as this Paris bistro is set on a street with some fabulous boutiques.

When it comes to the cuisine, you could experience delights such as scallops on rosemary brochette with crushed potatoes, rack of veal, roasted langoustines with baby pasta and chorizo, crayfish ravioli, boneless rabbit in stuffed cabbage, chestnut velout? and wild boar terrine and sea bream cooked a la plancha.  But one of their real signature dishes for the serious chocoholics has got to be the hot melted chocolate pudding, but this divine chocolate souffle dessert has to be ordered prior to the dinner, yet it is well worth every penny.

So when you see a restaurant or cafe that serves locals and not just tourists, you know that it is a good place to eat out in Paris and this is exactly what you get..  Good quality food, with a friendly relaxed atmosphere, yet staff that can speak English, just make sure that arrive early if you want a seat outside the restaurant.

Restaurant Guide Key Points

L'Absinthe is open on a Monday to Friday from noon until 2pm and of an evening from 7pm through to 10.30pm.

It is closed on Saturday at lunchtime but opens in the evening from 7pm through to 10.30pm, yet is also closed all day Sunday.

There are different set meal options in place where you can have a starter and main course or a main course and dessert for 29€ or you can have three course meal with starter, main course and dessert for 37€ .

However, you can also choose from a menu where a starter is 13€, a main course is 21€ and dessert is 13€, although you will see that on some of the more elaborate dishes you have to add an additional charge.

There is no particular dress code and L'Absinthe is suitable for all ages, but booking is highly recommended due to its increased popularity.

And even though this bistro is within a short walk of The Louvre, the nearest Metro station is actually the Opera.

Address & Contact Details

24 Place du Marche Saint-Honore

Telephone: 1 49 26 90 04
Fax: 1 49 26 08 64

L'Absinthe Bistro

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