A blinding hommage to bistronomie


La Belle Hortense, set on a quaint side street in the Marais, presents the merger of two of life’s greatest pleasures: fine wine and literature.

With the help of Thierry Costes, star chef Jean-François Piège has created a blinding hommage to bistronomie style with Brasserie Thoumieux. Part of the Thoumieux ‘collection’ on chic Rue Saint-Dominique (also boasting an upscale restaurant, hotel, and pastry shop), the Brasserie could very easily become a Sunday-night favorite.

The food is a fun and refreshing take on bistro classics: carbonara pasta is reinvented with calamari, for example, and the staff is friendly and helpful when it’s hard to choose. As with any respectable bistro, or at least the way a bistro should be, good bread and even better butter make any wait bearable. Don’t skip dessert: the house specials include a millefeuille that’s made to order, and large enough for two, as well as churros.

Aside from what’s in the plate, the atmosphere at Brasserie Thoumieux is why you’ll keep coming back. The décor is over-the-top in a way that, surprisingly, isn’t too much at all: mirrors all around and bubble-like round lighting are an amusing nod to the classic Art Nouveau bistro style. Regulars share the room with newcomers and everyone seems to be enjoying the jovial mood as much as the food.

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79 rue Saint-Dominique
75007 Paris
+33 1 47 05 79 00