Les Fauves restaurant, Paris

In what used to be an unremarkable little bistro just next to the Tour Montparnasse, the restaurant Les Fauves opened in March 2017 with a completely redesigned space, serving inventive food from a menu overflowing with hashtags.

As it’s only a few minutes away from our hotels, we decided to go down for lunch, and it turned out to be a very enjoyable experience indeed!

Here’s our review.

Near the mainline Montparnasse station, finding a stylish place to eat is not easy as you might think. Although there are some venerable brasseries down the road, they are a little set in their ways.

Les Fauves is just what the area needed then – a bright space decorated with style, with a large terrace and vertiginous view of the Tower (although some might not appreciate its monolithic tinted glass look straight from the 1970s)…

Restaurant Les Fauves - Paris
photos: JasonW

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Just click the fullscreen button at the top right of the image below and take a look around!

The restaurant has some fixed price menus for lunch – dish of the day and an espresso coffee for 13.90€, or two dishes (starter + main /main + dessert) for 17€. It’s not excessive for the area, and you’re still free to choose from the à la carte menu if your prefer.

Brunch is also available on Sundays and public holidays for 27€.
Restaurant Les Fauves - ParisAs it was spectacularly sunny and warm on the day of our visit, we started with some gazpacho, lightly spiced with spicy oiln served with pumpkin seeds, fried bread and a generous scoop of mint-infused whipped cream.

As for the organic egg (or “new generation devilled eggs”, as the menu has it), it looked like something from outer space. Served as an oblong (!) it was decorated with two sorts of mayonnaise (we couldn’t taste a difference between them) and served with two large soldiers of fried bread (the same ones that accompanied the gazpacho), which made the dish rather greasy, although still tasty.

A couple of surprising starters then!
Restaurant Les Fauves - ParisRestaurant Les Fauves - ParisRestaurant Les Fauves - ParisRestaurant Les Fauves - ParisFor the first main dish, we chose the wild cod with sweet potato, passion fruit and lime, served with mashed carrots and a slice of turnip.

This dish is a real success, especially if you like sweet and savoury mixes. The fish was perfectly cooked and well presented, as well as being sensational to taste.

Our second dish was a vegetarian salad with quinoa, crunchy vegetables and ras el hanout. Served with radish, purple potato crisps and a light vinaigrette, it was moist and generously served, with a different taste added by the North African spice mix.

Our congratulations to the chef!
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The lime cheesecake was very light, with a biscuit base that wasn’t too heavy on the sugar, allowing the fruit to express all its taste. It also came simply and beautifully on a light blue plate that made the colours of the dessert really pop.

As for the organic cereal with fromage frais and agave syrup, it looked like a healthy, hearty breakfast (almost too big for a dessert). Simple, but well executed.

And if you fancy ice cream instead (we will for our next visit) you might like to know that it’s made by prize-winning specialist dessert chef Emmanuel Ryon who has a shop called Une Glace à Paris in the marais.
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We very much enjoyed our time at Les Fauves. The prices are reasonable and it’s open all day every day. You can even book online. Bravo!

Les Fauves (here) is open every day from 7am-midnight

Online booking: lesfauves.paris/reservations

Website: lesfauves.paris

Facebook: facebook.com/lesfauvesparis

Instagram: instagram.com/lesfauves_restaurant

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