5th Arrondissement Restaurants
12 Rue de l'Hôtel Colbert, 5th
Divided between two levels (a formal dining room and a more traditional shoes-off situation in the subterranean den) in a historic Latin Quarter building, this Franco-Japanese restaurant—helmed by chef Hiroki Yoshitake—seamlessly incorporates culinary elements of both cultures into a menu that is best enjoyed kaiseki-style, by way of a chef-curated tasting. On any given day, the offering can include everything from shrimp tartare to miso-caramelized foie gras to baby corn tempura. The pastry chef, Pierre Hermé-trained Hironobu Fukano, is nothing short of an artist.
19 Quai de la Tournelle, 5th
It’s casual and cozy here, which is the perfect backdrop for the rural French food on offer. We come for the delicious roast chicken on Sundays; since most restaurants are closed, it can get quite busy, but in a low-key convivial way. Ask for a table by the window overlooking the Seine.
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