Le Choupinet, what a cute name for a restaurant! And with its giant teddy bears, its modern and green decor and its simple yet effective menu, it is a green flag for us.
This Le Choupinet is the latest brasserie open just 3 weeks ago by Benjamin Artis coming from Cantal who worked at Kong, L’Arc, Bagatelle and even Yeels. For this opening, he teamed up with Delmar Pereira met at Kong.
On Le Choupinet menu, classics of the French bistro cuisine (Burgundy snails, foie gras, deviled eggs, artichokes and vinaigrette, roasted chicken croque-monsieur, frog’s legs, lentil salad, chocolate mousse, lemon pie, rum baba…) rub shoulder with the chef Tchekad’s creations (large salads, pastis-flambéed king prawns, tuna tartare…).
If there was one starter to try, it is the Sushi Choupinet. Served by 6 and slightly lukewarm, this is a French version of the Japanese dish. Here, fresh salmon is placed over pan-fried polenta. It is original and delciious.
The avocado toast has a runny heart. The homemade white taramasalata is just as good, so are the deviled eggs.
For a pre-dinner drink, Le Choupinet serves seven Signature cocktails for 14 euros, in addition to the seven 12-euro classic cocktails. The drink list also features homemade mocktails. The Gaspard, based on lemon, Perrier, strawberry and basil is very refreshing.
The Croque-Monsieur, or Le Choupinet's best-seller, is served in a very soft version, the bread not being toasted, and the cheese is melted with a salamander broiler. It is served with homemade French fries and the chef's elevated mayonnaise with shallot and parsley.
The pastis-flambeed king prawns, a chef's signature dish, are very tasty, so is the homemade potato mash we chose to enjoy them - instead of the white rice. At the end of the day, pastis is not too much and brings a nice and tasty aniseed-flavor to the crustaceans, and it is very original.
This summer, you can also enjoy the avocado/tuna tartare. The marinated fish is super flavorful, reminding us of the best food we have ever had by the sea, mixed with avocado. And it is served in very generous portion.
Moving on to dessert, another classic but a very effective one: French toast with maple syrup. Unless you go for the coffee and gourmet desserts?
And now, Le Choupinet also serves desserts made by other great houses. Four pastries by Carl Marletti and three ice creams by Fruttini by Mo are available.
Le Choupinet menu is said to change every quarter. The one we tried is available until early September. Classics like the Crique are available all year round, so are the grilled dishes.
The rotisserie where chickens spin can be seen from the restaurant. The dinning room smells very nice and it whets the appetite. As for pasta, you should know that at Le Choupinet, they are gluten-free.
Ideally set on boulevard Saint-Michel, just across the Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Choupinet welcomes tourists and Parisians. We definitely fell in love with the teddy bears that are fun and sweet, perfectly matching the place decor.
Inside, Le Choupinet decoration is very contemporary with green hues and lots of (artificial) plants bringing some greenery to the place.
Big asset of Le Choupinet in the summer, it enjoys a very large terrace where you can sit and enjoy some signature cocktails before dinner while nibbling on appetizers or have a crepe in the afternoon for instance, while enjoying the sun. And if it is too hot, watermisters on the terrace will cool you off.
Let us meet at Le Choupinet, the new brasserie to go to if you like bistro food!
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 11 August 2021
58 Boulevard Saint-Michel
75006 Paris 6
RER B : Luxembourg