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“Just another restaurant in Paris”
Review of La Balancoire - CLOSED

La Balancoire
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $41
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Montmartre
Description: Small bistro located in Montmartre, in the Abbesses / Lepic street area, we offer a seasonal cuisine. The presence of available candy jar and a swing will allow you to return to childhood for a moment.
2 reviews
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“Just another restaurant in Paris”
Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

Was driven to this restaurant by all the rave reviews, so maybe i was going with too high expectations.. Noticed several internationals probably driven by the reviews on here as well.

The selection of appetizers is nice, i had the option which allows you to try a bit of onion soup, foie gras, and samoussa. The foie gras was OKAY nothing too spectacular there.

The duck was good too, some people in our party were not very pleased with the fish.. The beetroot puree served with it was a bit too odd in terms of taste to accompany the fish. The beef was also good from what people said. We were all served different flavored shots before leaving.

As mentioned by other people the staff is great, always smiling, taking their time to explain everything, there is no feel of wanting to rush your requests so they can go do something else. Definite plus there.

The restaurant, however, didnt impress me or the rest of the people in our relatively big party. The food was good, no doubt, but i guess we went in thinking based on the reviews on here it would be somehow different.. And it was just like any of the many restaurants around Paris.

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1 Thank Joek06
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service from very knowledgable staff”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We chose this place because of the great reviews and we were not disappointed. Most of us had the indecisive menu which is a fab idea as you get small portions of three of the starters and three of the puddings, the only tough bit was you have to make a decision about the main and pick the one you want which was hard to choose. The waiter went through the menu tempting us and helping us decide on a wine that would match our taste. He was obviously very passionate about the food and very knowledgeable about the wine. Like lots of other restaurants in this area it was very small and cosy which we loved and the food was divine. Superb evening!

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank Murand31
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Braunton, United Kingdom
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“A most memorable night out!”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Our evening was fun-filled from the beginning to the end! The restaurant really looked after us from providing free charcuterie and snaps at the end to a free glass of prosecco as we were celebrating my mums birthday. The food was of a great standard and both very well presented and priced. One of the most helpful additions is the 'indecisive' option for both the starter and desserts. It enables you to have three smaller portions of the selected course and is not only great for one but great to share. I only hope I can visit again one day!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Sarah N
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London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely food and service”
Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

We found this restaurant in the last monent after wot we wanted are fully booked. Nice friendly staff and lovely food! Everybody happy!

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“A fabulous restaurant with a really warm welcome”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This restaurant is located on one of the quieter side streets of lively Montmartre - just a few hundred metres from 'very lively' Pigalle with its adult entertainments.
The restaurant is managed by two brothers who are very warm natured and welcoming - they were very happy to spend a lot of time with our party and were particularly friendly with our children - one of whom was celebrating her 11th birthday and was very excited!
We were seated in the window in old car seats with our daughter happily placed on the balancoire (or swing) that is a feature of the room. The food was of a high quality at affordable prices, although the current exchange rate makes everything in the Eurozone pretty expensive.
This restaurant is strongly recommended for romantic soirée and family celebrations - but it is small and large parties would simply not be able to squeeze in.

2 Thank CrossyCross
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