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“Quirky theme and good food”
Review of La Classe - CLOSED

La Classe
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
Reviewed August 2, 2012

We came across La Classe quite by accident when on a weekend away in Paris. The classroom theme of the restaurant is really quirky and creative - loved the hand-written text book style menus and blackboards everywhere. The food was great quality and well priced and the staff were really friendly and helpful.

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1  Thank skibunny_1979
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We picked the restaurant based on very high ratings on both LaFourchette.com and TripAdvisor. It stays open rather late which was an added benefit for our after-Opera-Garnier plans. Unfortunately the high ratings stayed a mystery for us. Perhaps the low prices were a contributing factor, for, honestly, the former was the only upside of the restaurant. The welcome and service differed among the staff, some were friendlier than others. The service was quick and efficient but rather impersonal. Now, the entire interior designed as a class room, with many school paraphernalia such as maps, textbooks here and there, school desks for tables, menus handwritten and offered as notebooks etc. Perhaps creative if added to a good cuisine, which unfortunately wasn't the case. The schools desks are also not the most comfortable tables one can come across in a restaurant; we had a table for four and yet it felt rather... well like one's unpleasant school memories. The place is almost entirely un-touristy catering to a thirty-ish crowd of locals; perhaps most of the seventy-plus positive ratings on LaFourchette.com were left by the establishment's regulars. The positive side, as noted above, are the low prices. Not one dish on the menu exceeds 19 euro, but so is the case with most of numerous other quartier places in Paris. The choices are not that much diverse, about 6 appetizers and 8 main courses. We ordered Fingers de Pomme de Terre au Parmesan et sa Sauce Tartare (7 euro); it was OK, a kind of a diner food. The other appetizer was Gambas Grillees with pineapple and guacamole (8 euro); it looked better, tasted better and my wife liked it. The main courses were Ceviche de Poisson (18 euro) and Belle Entrecote Poelee, pommes puree et compotee d'echalotes et vin rouge (19 euro). While my wife liked her ceviche, my entrecote was plainly terrible, as far from being belle as possible; just a piece of badly pan-fried meat with bland mashed potatoes negligently presented and served. The entire meal was quite disappointing, so we decided on skipping the desserts and coffees. The bill which included a bottle of red wine (very reasonably priced, for which La Classe gets its proper credit and acknowledgement) came up to 101 euro, which is not bad for Parisian standards but neither is extremely cheap. Don't get us wrong, La Classe is not the worst of Paris restaurants (we have seen worse ones in our multiple visits to the city), but after all the glowing reviews the overwhelming sentiment of disappointment was just natural. We still give the place 3 stars, perhaps something went wrong on that night, perhaps the chef was in a hurry, and we just got unlucky.

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1  Thank RGSOUNDF
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Wow, what a way to end a wonderful week in Paris! Having checked out of the nearby Hotel de la Tour d'Auvergne and explored Monmatre, we looked for a restaurant to round off the holiday with a good meal before heading for Gare du Nord, the & Eurostar home. La Classe had looked busy and popular the night before when we walked past, and on a hot afternoon, it looked inviting to travellers not wanting to go home.
The welcome was warm and despite speaking excellent English, the waitress only prompted/corrected our French when asked. The meal was the 'star of the show' for our holiday meals, prepared in house, freshly cooked, innovative and so delicious that we had the most wonderful three course meal. I can always diet next week!!
Do try it when you visit the 9th Arrondissement, it gave us great pleasure to dine on stupendous food surrounded by books and maps seen long ago on the walls of our own 'Classroom' at our own school desk, complete with inkwell.
Well done La Classe.

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1  Thank JeanneGaze
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

The restaurant has a classroom notif and it is fun to sit at desk-like tables with inkwells, with geography books, textbooks etc. in the background.

Food was excellent - everything from eggplant with poached egg to game terrine, steak, fish and wonderful ice creams. Wines seemed a little expensive but were great.

Service got a little muddled when they were busy but that is the only quibble. Will definately be back. Worth a visit.

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Thank GJR1969
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

We were staying at the Opera Franklin Hotel nearby and were looking for a decent place to eat with a not so astronomical bill. Walking around in the area we stumbled across this restaurant. The menu on display in the window was in French so we didn't understand much but the atmosphere was so cosy and welcoming we could't resist.

We were greated by a wonderful smiling French lady who didn't speak English either. We were shown a table (more smiling, nodding and gestures) and were given a menu in French. As we looked puzzled, the lovely lady walked up to us and tried to explain it. We had 'quack quack' for canard=duck, a zig-zag hand-gesture for fish, 'moo' for beef etc. At the end we gave up, and asked her to suggest dishes. She proposed an Alsatian salad, duck forestier for me, steak for my friend and suggested a pichet of fantastic beaujolais wine. I need to add here that these were NOT the most expensive dishes on the menu and her whole attitude was to help and not push us into ordering something we don't like.

As I mentioned earlier the wine was amazing, the salad was huge with melted camamber cheese on toast and the duck and steak came lying on baked potatoes steamed brocoli mushrooms and carots. The portion was filling, the taste amazing and so we went for a second pichet of wine. The lady came to our table to ask if everything was satisfactory and smiled frequently towards us.

There was desert but we were so full that we went straight for the coffee. There were quite a few foreigners in the restaurant but many more French people eating which was a good indication.

The bill was 55 euro in total which considering the quality of food, the fact that though tourists we were treated with respect, the wonderful atmosphere and the tasty wine that lulled us into a mood that all was well in the world, was basically a bargain.

Do I recommend this restaurant? Let me put it this way: the next time I'm in town, I'm going straight there :-)

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2  Thank Ectoras_gr
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