It’s not that there is a dearth of high-quality restaurants in this part of the 7th. You only have to stumble a couple of paces in any direction before you land upon L’Arpege, La Fontaine de Mars or L’Ami Jean… not to mention Jean-François Piège or David Toutain or Il Vino…
It’s just that Auberge Bressane hits the spot at every single level.
Auberge Bressane, as the name would suggest, specialises in Burgundy cuisine. Think creamy sauces, soufflés and lots of chicken dishes with the signature Poulet de Bresse.
It’s a traditional restaurant; the tablecloths are emblazoned with the regional flag and images of the fleur de lys, the menu is also beautifully illustrated and the wine list proffers a range of Burgundy crus to die for.
Our table of four had: a dozen snails, foie gras, and a couple of Comté cheese soufflés. These were followed by coq au vin, the apparently famous chicken in a vin jaune sauce with morel mushrooms (which I highly recommend!!) and hearty partridge dish. Dessert (not that we needed them!) consisted of a caramel soufflé, apple and calvados soufflé, crêpes suzette and the most enormous baba au rhum I have ever seen.
Everything was absolutely delicious and the portions were more than generous. Even the chips (fries, if you’re from the other side of the Atlantic) were on point. Could not fault a single thing.
Our waitresses also fully deserve a special mention. They were the embodiment of professionalism all the way through the evening. They were very happy to patiently explain the dishes to us in English, the wine service was spot-on and we never had need for anything. Serving soufflé or flambée-ing crêpes suzette at the table was not able to faze them one bit either.
Speaking with one of the waiters outside as he was on a cigarette break, he told me that he couldn’t remember how long he had been working at L’Auberge Bressane… but it was at least five years on and off. That showed.
It’s not easy to find snails, frogs legs and coq au vin on the menu of the trendy restaurants anymore.* Those staple dishes fell victim to the bistronomie movement a few years back. L’Auberge Bressane is a great choice if you are looking for a classic French gastronomic experience. It suits both entertaining visiting parents and romantic dinners.
As you can see from the menus above, the prices are not for everyday eating (main courses between 25 and 40€ and wine from 30€ to upwards of 300€)… but this restaurant would be perfect for a special occasion, birthday or anniversary.
*Check out Café des Musées if you happen to be on the rive droite / Marais area. They also offer a traditional menu but without the same professionalism (or price point!) of L’Auberge.
Essential InformationAddress: 16 avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 75007 Telephone: 01 47 05 98 37 Website: Auberge Bressane Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, except Saturday lunch. Reservations: Recommended. Call a couple of days in advance.