Le Cinq-Mars is a typical, friendly restaurant du quartier where people working in the offices all around come and have lunch and local residents have dinner. The obligatory rickety wooden chairs, wooden table, nice ISO wine tasting glasses (French restos are generally not very good at glasses), but with a touch of design and chic. We are, after all, in the posh 7 arrondisement.
But it is far from pretentious, on the contrary: simple, friendly and good cooking. We had an excellent today’s special that was a pintade (guinea fowl) with luscious mashed potatoes and chanterelles mushrooms. Delicious. Main courses are between 15€ and 32€ (lightly grilled tuna, veal cutlet, sea bream with creamy spinach…).
A well chosen selection of wines – not big but reasonable. And you can even drink the wine “on a string”; you drink as much as you want from the bottle and they measure “with a string” how much you’ve had and pay for that only.
The other big benefit of the restaurant Cinq-Mars is its location: just behind the Musée d’Orsay but far from the tourist crowds at the front.
Restaurant Cinq-Mars, 51 rue de Verneuil, Paris 7, ph 01 45 44 69 13, http://cinq-mars-restaurant.com/
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