There are some restaurants worthy of the trip. This is the case of Bidoche. Nestled in the trendy street Jean-Pierre Timbaud in the 11th arrondissement, at first sight, the place can be disturbing. And for good reason. When we arrive in front of the 7, we find a butcher’s shop with a charcuterie corner and a stall highlighting several wonderful pieces of meat (beef, veal, lamp, pork and even chicken). Behind the counter, we meet the very friendly and fascinating Alexandre de Toulmon.
After spending several years working in the world of finance, this son of farmers finally decided to change his career and turn to the butcher’s world. In September 2017, he finally inaugurates his shop with a strong concept: being well established and offering a local and quality butcher’s shop, and, just behind, just a bit hidden, his restaurant!
Let’s walk the small corridor to discover the restaurant part displaying not less than 30 covers.
With its blue walls and red curtains, we feel like in a David Lynch film. But we’ve just seated at Bidoche, the 11th arrondissement new culinary place to discover asap.
Because, in addition to offering a strong concept, a warm and friendly place, Alexander offers a quality cuisine. Here, no surprise, the star in the plate is meat. The menu evolves around several parts. First, there’s the excellent and generous cold meat plate to share between 2 or 4 people and selected by the butcher. That night, Alexandre offered the andouille from Guémené as well as thin ham slices, goose rillettes and a garlic saucisson at a very affordable price: €9 for the plate!
Regarding main courses, several options are available: the dish of the day or a vegan steak or the famous Bidoche plate; a selection of 300g of beef pieces to grill for €24.
But most clients come at Bidoche to discover the weight offer. The idea? Alexandre come and take you in the butcher’s corner so that you can select the pieces. Offered by the weight, the pieces are brought in the kitchen, grilled and served with unlimited side dishes (glazed vegetables, beef-fat fries and mashed vegetables of the moment) with several sauces available (homemade Chimichurri, Paloise or Bleue).
In terms of meats, you can trust Alexandre who will perfectly lead you and guide you to this or that piece. Between two explanations, he tells us he chooses the meat respecting the beast and the quality, calling out the best farms in France. For example, you have the lamb from the Mont Saint-Michel as well as the Bazadaise or the famous Limousin cattle.
For my part, I go for a nice piece of pork chop from Périgord while my partner in crime goes for a piece of lamb shoulder and a tournedos fillet.
In no time, our taste buds are restless! Perfectly grilled and seasoned, the meat is sufficient. No need to add more with such a quality!
And, look around you and you’ll understand why the concept delights so much. The room is full. At Bidoche, guests come and go looking for a quality meat and a friendly place that didn’t take long to please the palates of carnivorous lacking an authentic and original place.
Restaurant open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Butcher’s shop open every day from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
7 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud – 75011 Paris
Booking advised by calling +33 (0)9 81 12 59 81
7 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris 11
Resto ouvert du mardi au samedi de 19h30 à 22h30
Boucherie ouverte tous les jours du mardi au vendredi de 9h30 à 13h30 et de 16h30 à 22h30
Le samedi de 9h30 à 22h30 et le dimanche de 9h30 à 13h30