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