Paris is home to classic and contemporary French fine diners a plenty, but it can be difficult for restaurants of other cuisines to gain traction in this city. Small but mighty modern American restaurant Verjus proved a notable exception to this by-and-large rule when it opened in 2012, wowing critics and locals with lovely cookery and excellent wine pairings. Frustratingly, however, it was also difficult to score a table with hours limited to dinner Monday-Friday, but now the restaurant has debuted a daytime menu via its sister bar, much to the delight of its devoted patrons.
Focusing on small gourmet sandwiches and salads, Verjus’ modest locavore lunchtime offering changes regularly, with finger-licking, seasonally-driven options including butter-fried chicken crowned with cabbage slaw, and duck meatballs with carrot and coriander. Enjoy your pick atop fresh greens or stuffed in a house-baked bun or baguette, and you can opt to eat in or have your tasty goods packed up for a picnic (conveniently, the Tuileries Gardens are just a skip away). For lunching ladies in seek of coffee and klatsch, an extra €5 buys you a cuppa and an oozy butterscotch brownie. Sarnies are only served until 2pm, but if you arrive later you can still order from the bar menu or save yourself for a divine dinner upstairs at Verjus proper. Just tuck in!