Le Bamboche (Paris)

// Visited: 12.26.09 //

What to do the day after Christmas in Paris?  Nibble on marrons glacés (candied chestnuts), stroll around some Christmas markets…and try to hunt down a good restaurant for dinner (one that’s open during the holidays; no small feat).

Le Bamboche, in the 7th arrondissment, was the answer to my shopping- and food-stand-weary prayers.

I ordered venison, which was tender, savory, and juicy.  Dessert was an assortment of four ramekins of crème brûlée—flavored with rose, chestnut, marshmallow, and lavender—accompanied by two expertly-made cannelés de Bordeaux.  (Cannelés de Bordeaux are rich, tiny, eggy cakes with a custardy, slightly chewy interior and a glazed exterior.  Imagine that you’re eating the chewy skin that forms on top of a custard, but baked into cake form—and you won’t be that far off from a cannelé).

Tangential thought: I feel like it’s time to bring crème brûlée back into vogue.  The choice between the dull restaurant-standard flourless chocolate cake and a delightful quartet of crème brûlée, the cream perfumed with the flavors of the season, would always be an easy one for me.

Anyway, back to the meal.  My server was friendly and chatty.  The dining space was comfortable and homey, with lots of modern artwork on the walls.  I felt like I was eating in a friend’s well-decorated apartment.

My friend and I were able to get out the door for under 35 euros per person.  I’m not sure what the prices at Le Bamboche are like these days, but I hear that the price-to-quality ratio is still fairly reasonable.  Especially when you’re desperately trying to track down a restaurant open during the holidays in Paris.



Soupy amuse bouche




Quartet of crème brûlée


Inside Le Bamboche


Le Bamboche
15, rue de Babylone
75007 Paris
Métro: Sèvres-Babylone
Tél. : +33 (0) 1 45 49 14 40

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