Previously dabbling in fusion cuisine, Le Réfectoire has dropped the experimental airs and settled into a more convincing incarnation as a trendy but friendly neighbourhood gem, run with a lot of care by a bunch of terribly nice boys. The food is French but not rustic: most of its clientele come for a good steak tartare or pavé de boeuf and a bottle of Vacqueyras. The menu, formatted variously for brunch, lunch or dinner, also offers big, delicious salads, a charcuterie platter and an unbelievably good petit pot au lait. The (graphic) design is fun and gives the place its own energetic identity; there’s a perspex floor and an old reel-to-reel in the loo, and oversized molecular models hanging from the ceiling (bit of a schoolroom theme going on). The value for money is remarkable, and there’s a happy vibe among the clientele of locals, young families and a few anglais.
- 80 boulevard Richard Lenoir,
- +33 1 48 06 74 85
- Opening Times
- daily, 12-2.30pm, 8.00-11.30pm