After a morning cooking class at the Cordon Bleu, my friend and I had a business meeting with the marketing director who encouraged us to experience lunch at an intimate bistro that is a favorite of Cordon Bleu students and chefs. We gladly took her advice and walked right around the corner to Le Bélisaire.
Reservations a must
lunch: 20 €
dinner: 30€ – 40€
What a surprise to be greeted at the door by the chef himself, Mathieu Garrel, a traditional Breton with a jovial and pleasant personality. He led us into the small dining room, which is reminiscent of a 1950’s movie scene with Yves Montand and Jean-Paul Belmondo and offered us a kir royal as an aperitif.
Mathieu Garrel, originally from Brittany, is a “master of the piano” at Le Bélisaire, which means he is a top chef and the driving force behind Belisaire’s exceptional classic and original cuisine. The food is cutting edge and up-to-the minute, a perfect mélange of the history of French cuisine with an updated attitude.
The menu, written on a blackboard, changes often. For my lunch, I decided on an original and delicious dish of ravioli with young leeks and lobster served with cumin and honey- spiced carrot cream. I love lobster and this dish didn’t disappoint. My friend chose veal brains in a basil pastry crust, which she exclaimed were the best she had ever eaten. Both were plated as if they were prepared in a starred restaurant kitchen.
For dessert, Mathieu explained to us that he reaches back to his roots by offering a Breton butter cookie with pear confit, nestled on a bed of pistachio cream. We’ve tasted butter cookies when we visited Brittany and we fell in love with that melt-in-your- mouth taste, so we had to go for it. It looked and tasted every bit as scrumptious as it sounds
Le Bélisaire is a gem – definitely “vaut le détour” and a great bargain for lunch or dinner. Next time I’m in Paris our group will enjoy a “welcome to Paris” dinner in the private dining room.
Dining at this neighborhood bistro is a way to experience a true taste of French cuisine for a very small price.
2, rue Marmontel
Phone: 01 48 28 62 24