Florida is the brand-new restaurant that has just opened in Paris 1st arrondissement, in the heart of the Halles neighborhood. Very large, covering two stories at the corner of the rue Montorgueil, rue Montmartre and rue Turbigo, it enjoys three terraces – covered all year around – and faces the Eglise Saint-Eustache.
And if Florida is big, it is because if gathered two former brasseries, La Pointe Saint-Eustache and Le Jet Lag.
Designed by architect Gilles Guillot, Florida décor pays tribute to the Riviera in the 1930’s. Inside the restaurant, it looks like a palace lobby from the Belle Epoque including a huge library.
The elegant, sophisticated, cozy setting for a very lounge vibe.
The large place is divided into several intimate corners. Burgundy bench seats and ottomans are very comfortable.
At lunchtime, it is pretty much calm and we can clearly enjoy jazz music.
As for the menu, it voluntarily breaks the codes of the classic starter-main-dessert triptyque by providing you with several dishes to share inviting you travel.
Executive chef (former Chalet des Iles) Laurent Durot has created the starters as world tapas to share. On Florida menu, you also have gyoza, spring rolls, sesame-marinated salmon and even foie gras.
As for mains, the chef provides you with tomato-basil rigatoni, cheeseburger, seabass ceviche, vitello tonato and even truffle cream croque-monsieur.
The marinated salmon filet is served with a crust made of black and white sesame and fresh herbs and it tastes magnificent.
Here, the sirloin steak is not grilled and served with a side of fries, but matured for 4 weeks and marinated in 5 spices, to make its taste stand out. Served very thinly sliced and a few pricks of herbs, this very delicate charcuterie is divine.
As for main courses, the chef specifically serves tomato-basil rigatoni, cheeseburher, seabass ceviche, vitello tonato and even truffled cream grilled cheese. Dishes serves without sides - served for an extra cost then.
As for dessert, enjoy classics such as rum baba, lemon pie, mille-feuille, pavlova.
For lunch, Florida provies a dish of the day. Iberian pluma with honey-mustard jus served with a side of baby potatoes and stir-fried mushrooms (€18), the day we came. Flawless.
Moving on to drinks, Florida offers a selection of 70 wines, as well as premium cocktails.
We went for a raspberry mojito and Kings Ice Tea mixing gin, iced tea, lemon and cane sugar. Very refreshing beverages. It is quite original to provide an alcoholic version of iced tea.
And to top it all, Florida also has a cigar cellar.
Open 7 days a week, non-stop from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Florida will surely become the general headquarters of many people in town.
Florida is more high-range than most restaurants in the neighborhood. The perfect spot before or after enjoying a movie at UGC des Halles since it often happens that after a movie in the evening, there is not much open in the area.
Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please drink responsibly.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 7 October 2020
1 Rue Montorgueil
75001 Paris 1
Châtelet les Halles
Desserts, à partir de : €9
Cocktails, à partir de : €11
Entrées, à partir de : €11
Plats, à partir de : €15