Gorgeous young thing Jane Drotter first surged onto the Parisian restaurant scene in 2008 with her wildly popular bistro concept, YARD, so named for its location in a cosy house next to an old construction yard in Père Lachaise. But like many oft-frequented spots, the space began to lose its lustre over the six years of footfall that followed and was recently granted a loving little revamp, that included the employ of big shot culinarians – chef Shaun Kelly (alum of uber trendy tapas and wine bar Au Passage) and Elenie Sapera (of renowned dining room Bones).
The intimate, whitewashed 30-seat space has been playfully dotted with paper lanterns and features a working fireplace at its centre, while Kelly and Sapera work from a modern open kitchen with market-fresh ingredients driving their daily-changing prix fixe lunch and à la carte dinner. Expect well-executed homemade gnocchi with foraged wild mushrooms; duck fillet, juicy figs, and pickled red cabbage in a creamy almond sauce; and tarte tatin made with caramelised pears. Meanwhile, Drotter’s new all-natural wine list makes the perfect pairing to the seasonal plates and includes a Loire-sourced cabernet franc from up-and-coming vineyard Francois Saint-Lô. Here’s to new beginnings – santé!
6 rue de Mont-Louis, 11th / +33 1 40 90 70 30 / lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Tue-Fri / yard-restaurant.com