Paris 17th arrondissement is slowly becoming a place very coveted by foodies thanks to its countless bars and restaurants opening there.
Les Françaises is one of those and once we’ve showed you this restaurant is the latest gourmet spot in Paris 17th arrondissement, you won’t have any doubt left and you’ll be happy to take the metro to discover this underestimated land that is the 17th arrondissement.
With its pastel, sober and green décor, Les Françaises, open a year ago, has everything to please. Without counting on the nice soundtrack and the friendliness of the bosses offering a nice tonic to patrons as soon as they arrive!
And yet, you haven’t seen the menu! Here the idea is to share. We have a multitude of small plates to share in the evening with your friends or family.
The restaurant also has 4 more impressive plates such as the bluefin tuna tataki with ginger (€43) or the slow-cooked lamb shoulder with rosemary (€40) and not that these dishes don’t make us drool, on the contrary, but we’ve decided to play the game and only taste the small dishes.
On the menu, we have 16 small plates to share. Bosses recommend to gourmet people 4 plates per patron, but as for us, we went for 5 plates each. And we must say, we left the restaurant with a full belly and delighted taste buds.
But let’s not miss steps. We’ll tell you everything we ate: truffled mashed potatoes (€6.6), very good and slightly truffled for those who can only bare a small dose of truffle; organic deviled eggs (€7.1) a bistro classic twisted with trout eggs and bottarga, gravlax salmon and avocado cream (€6.8), meagre ceviche with clementines (€8.5) which ‘leche de tigre’ marinade definitely woke up our taste buds.
Shall we continue? We also tried the crab taramasalata by Maison Petrossian (€8.7), a sound value, beef tataki (€8.2), confit duck timbale (€7.8), a beautiful mix with roasted pears, slightly sweet served with it, knife-cut Charolais beef tartare (€8.9) craftily twisted with mustard seeds and an egg and beef from Galicia Cecina, aged for 24 months (€9.9) a meat full of character and finely sliced.
To wrap it up, two cheeses in our plates. On one side truffled gouda (€7.7), excellent, and on the other a burratina from Puglia (€13.5), absolutely cream and delicious and twisted with a dash of dried Petrossian caviar. So good.
The other asset of the Les Françaises restaurant is its cocktail list. Designed from A to Z by the place barman and mixologist (who by the way makes all his syrups), the list provides 8 fantastic cocktails named after great women.
We recommend you without any hesitation the Thérèse Peltier (Gin Tanqueray, infused with matcha tea, soy milk, lemon, agave syrup, Schweppes premium mixer tonic, €15), the Françoise Sagan (Mezcal, Vida, Cointreau, jalapeños syrup, lime, €15), the Olympe de Gouges (Vodka Ketel One, passion fruit, vanilla syrup, lime, €15) that the barmain brings while the passion fruit is flambéed, or the Amandine Dupin (Bulleit bourbon infused with vanilla, Partagas cigar syrup, €17), brought under a bell to hold the smoke (and for the show!).
So, if you’re looking for a place where to dine or sip a cocktail in Paris 17th arrondissement, think about Les Françaises. Produces are of a very great quality and you’ll leave with a big smile on your lips.
(Oh, if you were not entirely convinced by Les Françaises, know that raclettes are available on Sundays. Better than a brunch!)
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From 22 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
87 Rue Legendre
75017 Paris 17
Petites assiettes: 6-13 €
Desserts: 9-12 €
Mocktails: 10-12 €
Cocktails: 12-17 €
Grandes assiettes: 35-45 €
Ouvert du lundi au samedi, de 18 heures à minuit