Paris isn’t short of good bistros and Les Botanistes, which is a short walk from Le Bon Marché department store, is one of the city’s hidden gems.
A small and welcoming restaurant, Les Botanistes is in the heart of the 7th arrondissement, famous for its shopping opportunities and village-like charm. This is an ideal place to enjoy lunch or dinner.
It is an authentically French bistro where you join locals, and it is an appealing place to stop during an afternoon of shopping. The cuisine is simple and delicious and although the menu is small it offers an enticing variety of meat and vegetarian options.
For starters we sampled the mushroom tart whose crispy and light pastry encased a very tasty filling. For mains we opted for the restaurant’s speciality of beef casserole, which is slow-cooked for three days. The meat was beautifully tender and the sauce and accompanying vegetables were exceptional. We also tried the scallops, which were perfectly cooked and were served over glazed vegetables. For dessert we tucked into the almond tart with homemade pistachio ice-cream. This was the real highlight of the three courses and made the perfect end to a leisurely lunch.
The restaurant’s focus on unpretentious, wholesome and seasonal food is well executed while the welcoming atmosphere and the cordial hosts are what make Les Botanistes a local favourite. Small, charming and with impressive food, Les Botanistes is highly recommended.
Les Botanistes, 11 rue Chomel, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)1 4549 0454