A former wine bar that’s become one of the go-to places for Parisian “bistronomie,” this place is quite simply one of my favorites in Paris. The cuisine of Raquel (a self-taught Argentine who’s been slinging hash for 20 years) is marked by a biblical simplicity, insolent in its goodness, naked and scrumptious.
Strangely, all the gourmands of Paris come here, including some of the biggest names in French gastronomy, to dine on the braised ox tail with citrus fruits, the cod and shrimp stew with saffron, the marinated sardines, desserts to die for, excellent wines by the glass selected by an enthusiast associated with the restaurant. Among those places for the truly food-crazed, Baratin finishes in the top three. Unbeatable.
But be careful; make sure you go prepared for a lively atmosphere and the decibel level that goes with it.
Le Baratin. 3, rue Jouye-Rouve, 20th arrondissement. Tél. : 01 43 49 39 70. Every day except Saturday for lunch, Sunday and Monday. Prix fixe: 15 eur (lunch) Menu : 35-40 euros. Map