The arrival of and Autumn and Winter with its colder weather here in Paris often prompts us to think of home and hearth, or at least cosying up by the fireplace with a warm and satisfying meal in our belly. When you’re vacationing or traveling on business, this isn’t often the first thing you associate with a world-class metropolitan city like Paris. But it can be found.
Paris is full of cosy little corners where you can tuck in next to a fireplace or warm heater on comfortable cushioned chairs, couches or benches and dive into your roasted country chicken (poulet fermier) with new potatoes sautéed in the chicken’s juices ; or perhaps a cassoulet is more to your liking ? These authentic southwestern stews made with white beans and cut up pieces of stew meat and pork sausages are a national dish and qualify every bit as comfort food.
Another favorite French comfort food is the cocotte which are the individual-sized stew pots in which they cook just about everything. That could be a slow-roasted and braised lamb shoulder steeped in duck drippings à l’orange or perhaps it’s the filet of duck breast itself, served with seasonal vegetables and the housemade sauce. Of course, homestyle also means sharing amongst yourselves so here on this list you’ll find a few restaurants where a pot of paté, a bowl of gherkins and a big basket of bread are set in front of you to start your meal off right.