The sun has barely shown up that the Seine river banks are taken over. So, to change from the picnic on the hot cobblestones and enjoy the sweet sound of the Sine without touching elbows with your neighbor, Bal de la Marine is the place to be!
This barge, tied up in Port de Suffren, at the feet of the Eiffel Tower, has just reopened for the summer season. If the terrace on the quays is not yet deployed (you will have to wait until early May), the boat welcomes you at lunchtime and dinnertime.
After being welcomed by a smiling team, here we are, seated on the pontoon to enjoy the sun. starters arrive: a goat’s cheese panna cotta served with its beetroot toast, as well as a generous plate of razor clams with parsley. Then, the fish of the day (a perfectly cooked pollock and its celeriac puree) and thin slices of chicken cooked Mediterranean way. To end this meal, we share (the big portions leave no room for dessert!) a light and very refreshing kiwi-apple cake. As Bal de la Marine says on its menu, ingredients are fresh and from peasant agriculture and small-scale fishing, the required condition to enjoy it!
If for this price (€33 for starter-main course-dessert at lunchtime) the plate lacks some subtlety and originality, the exceptional setting and the flawless service make up for it. By the way, Bal de la Marine changes its formula at nighttime and in the weekend and offers not set menus but many sharable plates, between €7 and €14. It’s maybe the solution fitting most tight budgets!
In short, Bal de la Marine may not become your daily canteen, but it’s definitely worth the trip to spend a lovely summer evening with your friends!
Bal de la Marine
Port de Suffren
75007 Paris 7
Le verre de vin: €5 - €7.5
Assiettes à partager: €7 - €14
La pinte de bière: €7 - €8
Entrée-plat ou plat-dessert le midi: €28
Entrée-plat-dessert le midi: €33
Ouvert tous les jours, de 12h à 23h45 du mardi au samedi, de 18h à 23h45 le lundi et de 12h à 15h le dimanche