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Le Violon d'Ingres Restaurant In Paris

Owned by the chef Christian Constant and his wife Catherine, the Le Violon d'Ingres used to be a Michelin star restaurant but in 2006, but Christian decided to get away from the fancy foods and produce food more accessible to the masses.

So, Le Violon d'Ingres has had a change of decor that is now more subtle and contemporary chic with cream and brown colours and the starched white tablecloths have gone, making a more informal dining experience.

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Le Violon d'Ingres Restaurant In Paris

Following other chefs in Paris such as Alain Senderens that used to run the Michelin starred Lucas carton, which he renamed Senderens and took away the stars, Christian Constant wanted to make his food not just inviting and enjoyable, yet affordable, especially in this area, which is renowned for being plush and expensive. 

Situated in the 7th Arrondissement in Paris near to the Eiffel Tower, this restaurant can accommodate about 60 people at a service and has become known as one of Paris's must try places to eat.

The dishes are based on the accents from the South-West of France with a modern twist and whatever your budget, there is going to be something suitable, plus Le Violon d'Ingres does cater for Vegetarians, but this should be arranged prior.

There is an A la Carte menu, which is only 45€ without drinks plus there are other options such as a daily specials menu and a set price meal with only a main course and dessert.

Without compromising on quality, one of the reasons Christian Constant has been able to reduce the cost of his meals by over half, is by not supplying items such as lobster and replacing this with crab and not having a cheese board, only one specific selected cheese at a time.  Also the dining experience is far more relaxed with the cuisine served direct from the kitchen and no more carving at the table.

Some of the dishes you may find on the menu, but dependant upon the seasons, may include rib of beef cooked a la plancha with a gratin of macaroni, spider rock crab with fennel cream and herring caviar, spit roast turbot with baby potatoes and a mousseline sauce or the signature dish of Woodpigeon, cooked a la plancha with fricassee of girolles mushrooms and sweet garlic, yummy!

As well as Le Violon d'Ingres, Christian and Catherine Constant also run and own other restaurants in Paris called Les Cocottes and Caf? Constant that are also situated on the same street.

This particular bistro style restaurant is sophisticated with a lively atmosphere and is a wonderful place for a classic yet informal French meal, which is why so many people return time after time.

Bistro and Restaurant Guide Key Points

Le Violon d'Ingres is open on a Tuesday through to Saturday for lunch from noon until 2.30pm and for dinner from 7pm through to 10.30pm.

They are closed on a Sunday and Monday.

Reservations are required via either phone or fax, however, even if you don't have a booking it is worth giving them call on the off-chance that you may be able to get a table.

Le-Menu-Carte is 45€ with a choice of 5 starters, 6 main courses and cheese or four desserts. Alternatively you can order a main course and a dessert for 34€ or you can order from the daily specials, where there are 4 seasonal starters and 4 main courses, which range in price from 13€.

The only credit cards accepted are American Express, Visa, and JCB.

The dress code is basically smart casual and Le Violon d'Ingres is suitable for all the family, plus the staff also speak English.

The nearest Metro station is the Ecole-Militaire on line 8.

Address & Contact Details:

Le Violon d'Ingres
135 Rue Saint-Dominique

Telephone: 1 45 55 15 05
Fax: 1 45 55 48 42

Le Violon d'Ingres Restaurant

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