Rossi & Co, 75002

UPDATE [April 2016]: Rossi & Co has changed shape in recent months.

First of all, Rossi & Co, the restaurant as it was when I went in 2014, has closed. in its place is a pasta restaurant, also run by Marco Rossi, which is to be called Sfizio. The pasta will be made on-site from stone-ground, organic flour from the Langhe. Opens on Monday 25th April.

Follow the latest developments on Sfizio’s Facebook Page here.

Second, Marco has recently opened two sister restaurants, one just opposite, called “Rossi Le Deli” and another (12 rue Notre Dame des Champs, 75006) called “Panino Rossi.” As you would guess from the name, both sell top-quality sandwichs, soups and Italian delicacies. Open every day, bar Sunday, from 10am til 4.30pm.

[Jan 2015] Marco Rossi is a star, about whom we food-writers do not give enough air-time.

I have had the pleasure of eating there several times now, a pleasure for which I doth my cap to Ottava Vino, the organisers of these amazing wine-dinners.

Tucked away behind the touristy rue Montorgueil, the restaurant itself gives off a rather exclusive vibe. Black exterior, thick curtains and bare brick walls; there are approximately 30 covers. An open kitchen means that Rossi is able to keep a watchful eye on the tables. Once the service has calmed down, he’ll walk around the room exchanging a few words with the guests.

Every time, without fail, Rossi is able to concoct a dish which pairs perfectly with the chosen wine. Using a range of well-selected and seasonal ingredients, his cuisine is innovative and imaginative.

A very impressive wine list too – tu peux vraiment te faire plaisir ici.

Lunch menu 25 euros; evening tasting menu (four courses) 45-50 euros.

Essential Information

Address: 10 rue Mandar, 75002
Telephone: 09 54 96 00 38
Website: Google+Facebook
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Satuday lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday. 

Jefrey’s, 75002

Another less-talked-about offering on the Paris craft cocktail scene, Jefrey’s finally re-opened its doors in September 2013 after a quick refurbishment over the summer months. I have to say – I rather like the result.

Just as at the Experimental Cocktail Club situated right opposite, it has a small, speakeasy, almost hole-in-the-wall vibe, but push open the door, go down a couple of steps and you find yourself in a plush, double-level jazz joint.

Guillaume Bisiaux, formerly at the Prince de Galles, heads up the new operation. It is pretty sleek. Guillaume mans the bar while two girls ferret around taking orders and collecting glasses. The back bar comprises a wide range of great whiskies and other sought-after niche spirits from around the world (which sometimes get served with dark chocolate – more original than peanuts or popcorn.) The cocktail list is well-considered and interesting… and the results are some of the most beautiful drinks I’ve seen in a very long time.

A cocktail will set you back somewhere between 10 and 16€, which admittedly is rather on the hefty side, even for Paris. However, I particularly liked the idea of buying a full bottle of booze, rather than cocktails by the glass, and they’ll keep the bottle for you until the next time…… dangerous!

Essential Information

Address: 14 rue Saint Sauveur, 75002
Telephone: 01 42 33 60 77
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 7pm – 2am. Closed Monday. 
Suggested footwear: something a little bit fancy doesn’t hurt. 


Experimental Cocktail Club, 75002

Once you’ve successfully located the bar (it’s not easy as you might think, with just a little brass plaque next to the door to inform you of what lies beyond) and been given the nod of approval from the doorman (also not a small feat), you step into a dimly-lit, but cosy, lounge. You might have to get there early or fight for a seat to perch on because it does get busy, especially on Friday and Saturdays, but once you’ve got a seat, you can settle yourself in for the evening. 
The cocktail menu is always excellent, the bartenders are totally professional and the back bar is a treasure trove of whiskies (Scotch and Japanese), gins, rums and other delicacies.
The only grumble I have with the Experimental is that you want to feel somehow special for being ‘in the know’ and be rewarded for your hawk-eye tracking skills and yet occasionally the slow service can spoil the effect.
Worth trying the Curio Parlour, Prescription or the Ballroom du Beef Club too – all owned by the same group.

(2014) EDITED TO ADD: I have the impression it’s a lot easier to get in now than it was a few years ago. Maybe that’s just because I tend to pop by on Mondays or Tuesdays now, rather than at the end of the week.

(2016) UPDATE: I continue to have great experiences at the Experimental. Highly recommended.

Essential Information

Address: 37 rue Saint Sauveur, 75002
Telephone: 01 45 08 88 09
WebsiteExperiment Cocktail ClubFacebook
Opening Hours: open from 7pm til 2am every day, except Sunday when it opens at 8pm and on Fridays and Saturdays when it stays open until 4am.
Reservations: not a bad idea – especially for the end of the week.
Suggested footwear: funky leopard-print ballet flats.