Add: 20 Rue Saint-Victor 75005 Paris
Tel: 01 44 31 54 54
Hours: 12pm~11pm (everyday)
Price: [lunch] €25~35 [dinner] €35~50
Visited on: 2012/10
Yannick Alleno (of Le Meurice)’s recently opened bistro Terroir Parisien is, as its name suggests, a showcase for traditional Parisian and Ile de France recipes made with local produce. The menu lists many historic dishes, tracing back to the days when Parisians ate from their city’s surroundings. The best part? It’s open 7 days a week with continuous service throughout the day. Come for lunch, afternoon snack, or dinner.
Going along with the locavore theme, Terrior Parisien’s interior design incorporates displays of local produce and a list of their sources.
We started with a salade de petits légumes du terroir parisien (€9.5), young vegetable salad from Parisian countryside. It’s a colorful melange of purple cauliflower, orange carrot, deep red beetroot, pale white radish, yellow potato and the likes, all in a light mustard vinaigrette. Served warm, fresh and very delicious.
For a heavier entrée, terrine de foies de volaille (€8), a homemade poultry liver terrine, would be an excellent choice.
My choice of main course: poire de boeuf aux herbes, tourte feuilletée de pommes de terre (€23), pieces of beef steak with herbs and a puff pastry potato pie. Liked the steak (cooked to a tender medium rare as ordered), loved the puff pastry potato pie (creamy creamy creamy).
My friend also quite enjoyed his homard bleu a l’Americaine, riz pilaf (€49), American style blue lobster served with pilaf rice. By the way, in case you are wondering about prices, the lobster is the most expensive item on the menu and in general you should be able to have a good three-course meal here for under €50.
Nowadays I can’t seem to stop ordering tarts wherever I go, just to see how they compare to the ones we make at school. So here is it, Terroir Parisien’s quatre coin aux pommes, glace au caramel beurre salé (€7), thin apple tart with salted caramel ice-cream. The tart itself was a bit too soft and chewy for me, but I loved the paper thin, gloriously aromatic apple slices and the salted caramel ice-cream on top.
Top-notch ingredients, proper preparation, and fair prices. I would happily return, perhaps during off hours to try Alleno’s rendition of hot dogs and croque monsieur.