Guy Savoy is a famous French chef with not one, not two, but three Michelin stars. His restaurants are generally (and quite logically) expensive, but we have a good tip for trying his food without having to take out a second mortgage – Supu Ramen.
We went down for a literal taste of luxury on a budget…
Guy Savoy is no stranger to the Left Bank. He has a chic rotisserie on rue Maître Albert near Notre-Dame, and more importantly the eponymous Restaurant Guy Savoy housed in the ultra-chic la Monnaie de Paris, which might explain why the lunch menu will set you back 250€ per person 😳
In September 2019, his other restaurant Les Bouqinistes avec Guy Savoy changed both its concept and its name (although some of the original decor remains). It’s now younger-looking and more hip.
The walls still have their Basquiat-esque scrawls, but instead of venerable wines displayed along one window, you’ll find colourful Japanese bowls and other objects. The floor covering, formerly beige, or brown, or cream is now fluorescent green resin, and the clients are more likely to be under thirty than over fifty.
You’ll either love or hate the interior design, and we were able to ignore it for the most part, instead enjoying the great views out of the vast windows that look out onto a quiet street and the banks of the Seine. It’s a space full of natural light, perfect for a crisp but sunny winter’s day.
You might think that you hardly need to be a chef to make a decent soup, but those on the menu (PDF) show the 3-star chef’s love of unusual juxtapositions and good basic ingredients.
For example, the noodles are made fresh on the premises by chef Stéphane Perraud – who was also the chef at Les Bouqinistes back in the day – using organic flour from the moulin de Brasseuil mill.
We decided to start with some edamame served in a warmish red kuri squash soup with Auvergne blue cheese, an interesting mix with pretty red filaments (dried red pepper?) and a large dose of spiciness (which we loved).
For the main dish (or rather, bowl), our first choice was the Dashi broth with nori, mackerel, spring onion and a ‘spicy-miso’ condiment, all of which had a satisfying taste of smoked fish and included some obviously fresh pieces of mackerel.
The second dish was a vegetable soup with miso, aubergine (excellent), tomato, mushrooms (tiny ones – super cute), edamame and fried onion. No complaints at all!
It was only when we were finishing off our bowls that we realised quite how consequent the servings are. There aren’t many restaurants in the area with such a lovely view and main courses at 15€…
Since our arrival the restaurant had filled up, and we decided to finish things off with a dessert, or even several, as the menu says they are ‘half desserts’. As only three are available, we threw caution to the wind and ordered one of each!
— An Earl Grey sorbet with sanshō pepper (very strong-tasting, mixing surprisingly well with the pepper),
— A layered chocolate praline fondant with chicory sauce (positively minuscule – more like a quarter dessert than a half), and
— A yuzu and candied ginger rice pudding, which was excellent with its little strips of tangy orange peel.
Apart from the size of the servings (we had been warned), no dessert disappointed, but if we had to single one out for its excellence it would be the rice pudding, one of those deceptively simple recipes that is extraordinary when done right.
To sum up, Supu Ramen is a great option if you want to eat cheaply in the centre of Paris, with a sweet view and dishes conceived by a Michelin-starred chef.
The restaurant is open seven days a week, and the kitchen serves all day long from 11.30am until 9.30pm (10pm on Fridays and Saturdays) and as they don’t take reservations before 5pm (book here) you can usually just turn up and get a table.
For a simple but tasty meal with the Guy Savoy stamp of approval, we think it’s well worth trying out!