GrandCœur Restaurant, 75004, Paris
Le Marais, my arrondissement of Paris is bursting with new openings on a weekly basis. One of the most densely populated tourist areas of Paris (mostly because everything is open during the weekends) is not short of cafes or restaurants. In fact there is probably a restaurant for every craving. Although, when E and I decide on a restaurant, I want somewhere that looks great, and he needs excellent food.
GrandCœur (meaning big heart) suits us perfectly. One thing I learned since moving to Paris is that you must never judge a restaurant by its appearance or how busy it is. Some of my best experiences have been in the most unassuming restaurants across the city. GrandCœur is an exception, not only is the food excellent, the design is right up my street. The perfect combination for us both.
Set in a beautiful cobblestoned courtyard, moments from BHV on rue du Temple, the restaurant is tucked away enough not to be filled by hoards of tourists. The Paris Marais Dance School occupies the surrounding buildings in the courtyard so throughout the day you will hear a salsa class above or a modern jazz rehearsal on the lower floors. With their windows flung open in the summer months it’s an enchanting soundtrack to your dinner when taken on their beautiful terrace.
Two michelin starred Chef Mauro Colagreco is at the helm inside this former coaching inn. An authentic nod to it’s past with the raw stone walls mixing so well with Interior Designer Dorothee Meilichzon’s style. Marble veined tables, brass lighting and bar, reclaimed tiles in the bar, deep hues, rich upholsteries and authentic furniture by Thonet and lighting by Michael Anastassiades.
The set menu served only at lunchtime is a steal at €23 (or €30 for 3 courses). Try a stew of smoked tomatoes, or Mediterranean octopus carpaccio. We loved the secreto iberico with figs, hazelnuts, and bok choi. Yellowfish is served with cucumber, yogurt and coriander, or try the lamb shoulder with sweet potato, shallots, nuts and dates. I have it on good authority that the organic wine list is excellent, we certainly tried a few glasses with our various plates.
The restaurant serves all day, from noon until 11pm, & until 6pm on Sundays (closed Mondays). Visit the GrandCœur restaurant website here.
LWSY visited in June 2016.