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The Chef’s Chef

August 27, 2015
L’Ami Jean

The pan-handlers of the City of Light certainly have their work cut out for them, what with sautéing and flambéing some of the finest culinary delights to be found anywhere in the world. But where do these gourmand greats go when they want to enjoy some classic bistro fare cooked by someone else?

For many the answer is L’Ami Jean, an unassuming restaurant, just a quick stroll from the Eiffel Tower, that serves some of the best honest, seasonal suppings to be found anywhere in the French capital.

Dive inside the awning-fronted, frosted-glass facade and you’ll find a teensy, raucous space wrapped in an odd ensemble of cartoon wall art, chandeliers, hanging hams and twee timber banquettes. But fret not, foodies, the prix-fixe sets are far more polished than the decor.

Take a seat between the regulars (a motley mix of restaurateurs, writers and old rock n’ rollers) and prepare for pan man Stéphane Jégo’s daily changing delights. Offerings might include Wagyu beef cooked for 72 hours and served with a side of perfectly smooth pureed carrots, or parmesan bacon soup poured over cinnamon-seared foie gras.

Pair that with a stellar lineup of Gallic drops and you have an exceptional, quintessentially Parisian repast. See? Chef really does know best.

27 rue de Malar, 7th / +33 1 47 05 86 89 / lunch & dinner Tue-Sat /