Cuisine: European, French, Mediterranean
When stepping into this cobblestoned courtyard in Le Marais, Paris' "SoHo" district, your attention is instantly gripped by two things: the resounding sound of dancers practicing their... Read More
When stepping into this cobblestoned courtyard in Le Marais, Paris' "SoHo" district, your attention is instantly gripped by two things: the resounding sound of dancers practicing their jazz/ballet/modern dance steps which echo from the second floor courtyard windows that house the Dance Center of the Marais, and the vast outdoor terrace seating of this restaurant fixture that has welcomed hipsters and food-lovers here for decades. The Grand Coeur is however altogether a new restaurant in this beloved location and one that is pedigreed. None other than Executive Chef Mauro Colagreco. Dishes here vary from delicate and refined such as the carpaccio of octopus, to simply flavorful, the pesto crust raw tomato tarte, to rich and satisfying, the signature lamb shoulder main slow-cooked for 14 hours, then crispy flash fried with dates and roasted walnuts.
- Best Value: "Here they offer gins from France, the US, Germany, Italy and England. And then they add the precise ingredients, like Sichuan peppers or Menton lemon zest, to bring out the liquor's inherent characteristics. Locals love it. Oh and the wine list is stellar, too, specialized in biodynamic and organic wines."
- Recommended as Best Value Because: Chef Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur is executive chef here and oversees the kitchens when he's not at his Top world-ranking restaurant, Mirazur, in Menton.