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“Very nice meal; very good value”
Review of Le Vernissoir - CLOSED

Le Vernissoir
Price range: $0 - $22
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed December 20, 2012

If you can overlook the unfortunate interior design choices (overly bright LED lighting and a tragic palate of purples) in this otherwise pleasant and uncrowded neighborhood place, you can enjoy some very smart dishes, with good service, and leave with more Euros in your pocket than usual.

To start, a serving of cold terrine of foie gras atop a tiny layer of rillettes and a touch of quince paste was outstanding and a stack of thin, coaster-sized "pancakes" with gravlax salmon was perky with the small smear of wasabi infused vinegtette. We both had the duck pot au feu as an antidote to the cold wet night, and were glad we didn't have to share; tender, deeply flavored duck falling off the bone, a medley of winter vegetables, all in a succulent broth. The piece of duck liver dropped in at the last moment, and barely poached by the time it hit the palate was a delightful surprise. Desserts were the weak link; the menu prose exceeded the actual dishes. Sautéed mango in a crisp was okay, but the caramel tart was merely a thick pencil of puff pastry and a spoon full of vanilla pastry cream on the side.

Service is friendly and competent, and an English menu is available. Wine list is modest, but well priced, and both glasses and half bottles (at a very small premium) are available for many of the offerings.

Pricing is shockingly good. Starters are all 9 €, mains 19€, and dessert 8€, but all three courses can be had for 30€. There were about six choices in each course.

Recommended.

Thank Greenway1951
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Have gone here twice already. A small menu with great choices--absolutely try the mushroom tart with truffle ice cream. English menu available, and the service extremely kind and attentive. I have nut allergies so I have to be careful. Two or three course prix-fixe menus at very reasonable prices.

Thank Barbara S
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Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Went there with my wife on a saturday night because is was well-rated and close to our hotel. It did not dissappoint: personnel was very pleasant, the place is decorated with a lot of care to small details, rather modern so don't expect the vintage Paris look. Could be anywhere. Very clean and neat though.

Menu was rather short yet varied: fish, meat, duck etc. We are talking french gastronomic cuisine, rather small plates (but not too small) with delicate meals. Some more uncommon dishes along with the classics: you pick.

Overall quality of the food was above average, yet not exceptional. Don't get me wrong: it's pretty good and nicely served, but it's not a star-rated restaurant. Which is why it remains affordable (not cheap, affordable, especially formulas).

We had a good time there and I would recommend this restaurant to couples not looking for a classic Paris restaurant but a good modern little dining place.

Thank Thomas H
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

we are in paris less than a week and have been to this place twice already, and both times we were extremely happy after our meals. we tried most of the dishes already,i.e. duck, chichen, fish, steak, pasta with crayfish, etc. we have not had anything we did not like yet. their daily specials on starters and main dish were all excellent.

the people at this restaurant is super nice too, this is definitely a not to miss place!

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Thank jyc823
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We stayed near Arts-et-Metier metro station and I found this restaurant on trip advisor as the highest rated place nearby. It lived up to the expectation with a really warm and welcoming service, tasty, well-presented food and lovely atmosphere.

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Thank rhsquared
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