Le Florimond reigns as the best value for price in Paris, hands down. They don’t take online reservations, they aren’t on Open Table or The Fork, you have to call 126.96.36.199 for a reservation. The good news is that Laurent speaks excellent English among a few other languages. He also manages the best front-of-the house I have ever eaten in, including multi-starred restaurants.
If you go, tell them that Bubar sent you. It won’t get you any better treatment, Laurent treats everyone as a long-term valued guest in his house, but it will put a big smile on his face. Give him a big hug for me.
Pascal Guillaumin commands the kitchen, turning out perfectly prepared meals using the freshest, most local products available in Paris. There are a few recurring regulars ( his grandmother’s stuffed cabbage) on the menu but the chalkboard changes every Thursday. Last time we were there for lunch, in a packed house, I was the only one who didn’t order the stuffed cabbage; seated by an elderly gentleman who looked at us and said ‘I knew his grandmother’. Although the restaurant is a favorite in all of the English tourist guides, there is a very local, loyal French group of patrons; they have been in the 7th for over 20 years. Cuisine is spot on and the service is top-notch. They haven’t fallen into the trap of chasing Michelin Stars, the price for value remains one of the greatest consumer values in all of France. I have been eating there for 18 years and hope to eat there for another 18.
Le Florimond 19, avenue de la Motte-Picquet Paris, 75007 TEL: 33 (01) 188.8.131.52