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Rue Saint-Dominique, a haven for gourmets!

February 16, 2011

Located in the posh seventh district, just a few blocks away from the Eiffel Tower, rue Saint Dominique is famous for its “hotels particuliers”, where famous scenes from Balzac novels often take place. This street is also worth a detour for a more hedonistic pleasure: tasting the divine cuisine of chef Christian Constant. The chef “with a Michelin star” who was once a cook at the Crillon and Ritz Palaces, now owns four restaurants in rue Saint-Dominique, all of them with their own specialties and atmosphere.

“Café Constant” serves classical French food in a bistro decorum and is a very good value-for-money option. The restaurant does not take reservations so you may need to try its neighbor “les Cocottes” if no table is available. The restaurant is named after the cooking pots containing fresh food and simple dishes. Just a few meters down the street, the third Constant restaurant is “Violon d’Ingres”.  The restaurant serves mouthwatering dishes in a modern atmosphere with leather banquettes and a large wine wall. Be sure to reserve as the restaurant has just been revamped, which has boosted its popularity! Last but not least,the Michelin star restaurant “les Fables de la Fontaine”, where you’ll taste fish and seafood. Of course, if you don’t know which one to choose, the best option is to try them all!

Café Constant : 139, rue Saint-Dominique 75015

Les Cocottes : 135, rue Saint-Dominique 75015

Le Violon d’Ingres : 137 rue Saint-Dominique 75015

Les Fables de la Fontaine : 131, rue Saint-Dominique 75015

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Ceri permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:47 am

    another great tip …..merci !
    Paris in the Spring hopefully : )

  2. bernice permalink
    August 11, 2011 8:10 am

    Dined at two of Christain Constant’s restaurants (La Fontaine and Mars).
    Both served excellent food, service and prices. Can’t wait to return. Blog is a bit outdated; there are now 5 Constant restaurants. Each with a different menu and each overflowing
    with patrons. All within a stone’s throw of the other on Rue de Dominique.

    • August 11, 2011 2:42 pm

      All the people I know who have been to Constant’s restaurants had a great time.
      Thanks for the comment and update. I may write on the new restaurant shortly!

  3. bernice permalink
    August 11, 2011 5:28 pm

    Dear Pierre,
    I look forward to reading your review. Thank you for replying so promptly.

    • August 12, 2011 10:16 am

      I’ll let you know when it’s published. I have to try it first!

  4. August 13, 2011 2:45 pm

    Actually, I’ve done some research and the “Fontaine de Mars” doesn’t belong to Christian Constant bu to the Boudon family, who also owns several restaurants in the area (including “le petit cler”, 29, rue Cler). But it still looks delicious, I definitely want to try it!

  5. Fern permalink
    February 2, 2012 11:41 pm

    I ate at Cafe Constant and les Cocottes – both were amazing. The frisee salad at les Cocottes is a meal in itsel and not to be missed – my mouth still waters thinking about the lardons !

    • February 2, 2012 11:46 pm

      Both are indeed fantastic! I’m glad you liked them and thanks for your comment and sharing on this blog.

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