In an ironic turn of events, the space that formerly housed a vegan restaurant has now been turned into a smart rotisserie!
Practically opposite the restaurant Cosi, a longstanding fixture in the Pantheon neighbourhood, now stands La Table de Marie-Jeanne, and the two restaurants have the same owner, although not the same menu. This new venue proposes a short selection of rotisserie-cooked meats, but is also pretty clever with its vegetables.
Carnivores and vegetarians alike will no doubt enjoy. Read our review to see what’s on offer.
La Table de Marie-Jeanne is a restaurant in a small space that’s pretty smartly optimised.
There are a few tables in the main room, stools for eating at the bar, mirrors that give a feeling of space, some flashy colours mixed with reassuring earth tones and wood, and a huge table in the back room that can be shared by several parties or privatised for a group of up to fifteen!
Some great interior design ideas here…
The restaurant’s menu changes every six weeks, they only use fresh products, and if you want to read more about the actual Marie-Jeanne that inspired the place, and your French is good, her story is on a sheet outside (click the photo to enlarge).
Next to the story is the menu, where you’ll see that prices are not excessive, especially for the fixes menus: for lunch, a two-course meal costs 17€ and starter-main course-dessert is just 21€. There are only two choices for each course (and one dessert), but you’ll probably find something to your taste.
For dinner, the prices are a little higher but there’s also more choice: first course, a meat dish and a side dish comes to 28.50€, which is not over the top at all for the area.
Also, it has to be said that the staff are super super nice – funny and chatty without being forced, and definitely good at their jobs.
It’s a pleasure to be welcomed with a genuine smile (as we well know – it’s something we take a lot of care over at our hotels).
To start, we ordered a quinoa salad with pineapple and coriander, and celery soup with coconut milk.
The salad was generously served, well presented and well seasoned, with the taste of pineapple so subtle as to be almost entirely absent (which was fine by us).
The soup had that subtle but very particular (and agreeable) taste of celery, and went perfectly with the fresh, crusty bread.
For the main dish, we first chose duckling breast with roasted cabbage and iced carrot.
Then, a challenge (which we didn’t think would go down well in a rotisserie) – a vegetarian dish. This was not on the menu, but wasn’t a problem at all.
The duckling was excellent, only lightly cooked (saignant) and served with copious vegetables. A little hint of Espelette pepper gave it a little kick.
As for the vegetarian dish, the plate was full to brimming with lamb’s lettuce, roasted cubes of potato, carrots and mushrooms. We found some of these to be slightly overcooked, but we had to admit it was very tasty, and we very much appreciated the effort.
The only dessert on offer in the fixed-price menu was chocolate rice pudding, and we were happy to tuck into it!
Presentation was once again excellent, with almond flakes and a touch of mint, although we felt the rice was slightly undercooked and a little crunchy. At just 21€, we weren’t about to complain.
And of course, the meal finished with a quick expresso coffee!
There’s an obvious effort being made at La Table de Marie-Jeanne – they use fresh ingredients, present food well and serve you smartly.
With the warm weather around the corner, their terrace will be opening, expanding the number of seats available and letting you bask in the sunshine as you have your lunch.
La Table de Marie-Jeanne (here) is open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Online booking: lafourchette.com
Website (just one page): latabledemariejeanne.fr
To check out all our photos of la Table de Marie-Jeanne, simply click here.