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“**Where you SHOULD go while in Paris!**” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le Grand Mericourt - CLOSED

Le Grand Mericourt
22 rue de la Folie Mericourt, 75011 Paris, France (République)
+33 (0)143389404
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Price range: $31 - $73
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: République
Description: Le Grand M��ricourt in Paris 11th was born when chef Alexis Jordan met former cosmetic industry marketing director Christelle Ly in the kitchen of the Michelin-starred Plaza Ath��n��e, where they honed their love of technique, rigour and good produce. Le Grand Mericourt is the kind of restaurant they would want to eat at ��� a simple, comfortable modern setting where the authenticity and accuracy of the cooking, quality of service, and affordability are never compromised. Written up on a chalk board, largely traditional French dishes change with the seasons, always offering some original little surprise or other, such as terrine of foie gras with fig, apricot and lime jam. Such discreet service makes Le Grand Mericourt good for dining a deux.
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“**Where you SHOULD go while in Paris!**”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

Guys, this restaurant is in "a typical Paris, out of main roads" location...but close to Bastille -so it's easy to go there.

You'll fine an English speaking charming hostess and a really 3 stars like food! All this at a VERY reasonable price: you'd pay ten times more for that quality -normally in Paris!

So, frankly, this is worth "te detour"!

Cheers!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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191 reviews 191 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
“Average bistro, average service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2010

There's not much to dislike about this place. The food was modern in design but only average in execution. Serving hot food on cold plates dosen't help. With only one person front of house don't expect a quick turnaround time.

A scallop and citric fruit starter was odd and not helped by a tiny portion. The veal main course was OK, but suffered from being served on a cold stone plate. A ganache chocolate torte with mascapone ice cream was good.

The place was full up for a March Saturday evening, and most of the guests didn't seem to mind the howling gale coming through the main door that opened right into the main restaurant room. There was a curtain positioned next the main door, but the owner declined my request to pull this across.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Stockholm
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great value in hidden pearl”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2010

This is definitely one of Paris top 50 restaurants.
Excellent food, excellent service, good wine list and a small, cosy environment.
Their six courses thasting menu was suberb and delivered a great value for only 50 euro, something many restaurant with prices three times higher has failed to do.

Is there anything negative to say? Well, perhaps that there where no wine suggestions to the tasting menu (although the wine list is real good). As a tourist you also might get fooled of the restaurants website that definitely dont make the restaurant justice (it does not feels like 2010 despite a short film) and you might have trouble to find your way to the adress if you dont bring a map :-). Otherwise this i s a hidden pearl!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A small gem of ingenious delights lovingly prepared”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2009

This is a quiet restaurant, small but not cramped, plain but calmly tasteful, located in a rather grubby side-street just a block north of métro Saint-Ambroise. It is operated by a couple who obviously love food and cooking, and devote much thought and effort to creating interesting dishes, and who gave us the warmest of welcomes.

In eating out --especially in Paris-- I hope for astonishment and delight. Le Grand Méricourt provided both, in larger measure and as better value than anywhere else we visited during a month in Paris (including some that were twice as expensive).

On our first visit we elected the tasting menu-- and I'd recommend it every time. So many jewels of intense flavor! So many combinations of flavors I'd never before experienced together, but that never clashed, that made me marvel "how come I never thought of that?" On a return visit, they even offered to provide us selections different from those we'd sampled previously.

My one regret: that we discovered this wonderful little restaurant only during the last week of our stay in Paris. Now that we're back in California, I find myself wondering-- for two more of their dinners, wouldn't it be worth it to fly back just for a day or two?

You can learn more from their website, even though personally I dislike sites that --as this one does-- play a little movie for you. But you can see their menus and learn some of their history.

I pass on to you Christelle's entreaty to us: don't just drop in, even on a quiet night. They need you to make a reservation, not to save a table but so the kitchen can prepare for you.

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