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“small but wonderful restaurant”
Review of Tempero

Tempero
Ranked #327 of 17,611 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed February 15, 2014

fantastic little gem, fabulous food,gorgeous house wine and very friendly staff . lovely ever changing fresh food on the menu .

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2  Thank Alan S
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

A restaurant which you would love to have discoverd by yourself. But the Tripadvisor crowd had already been there.
I have nothing to add the the rave reviews on this site.
It is a restaurant exactly to my taste: modest, low key, but with outstanding attention to the production of delicately balanced flavours, none overwhelming the others. I particularly remember a "coulis de poireaux" which was the best food experience I have had in a few years. And a "cabillaud" (cod) so delicate and balanced in flavours that it was almost a pity to have wine with it.
You will not get in unless you reserve two or three days in advance, even for takeout, which they now offer. And if you reserve, you get the added warm feeling of pity for the unknowing couples who get turned away.
By the way, its location makes it a boon for the poor scholars who have to work at the Bibliothèque Nationale, which sits in this awful restaurant desert. Just find the "passerelle" which leaps over the train tracks and joins Avenue de France and rue du Chevaleret, midway between the two western towers of the BNF.

3  Thank JPC1628
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Very friendly, small, family run restaurant that is absolutely full the two nights per week it's open (Thursday/Friday--make a reservation! we were turned away on Thursday and made a reservation the next day). Lunches (only M-F) are a bargain with entree+plat+dessert being 15Euro. It's about twice that for the same menu at dinner. Everything was fantastic and beautifully presented. We went for some of the most expensive things on the menu and the bill was 95Euro for two (including 28Euro for one of the best wines we've ever had--my wife thinks it was the best).

Presentation is beautiful as well. Dessert is not to be missed! (That's a rare statement for me).

Menu options are small, as is the place. We could recommend what we had, but I'm sure everything else is to the same quality.

The only better meals I've had cost 2x as much, I've had many that cost 2x as much that weren't nearly as good.

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3  Thank astrolake
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

If you're one of these people who like to wander to dinner, then definitely give Tempero a try…that is, wander out to Place D'Italie and veer east on Boulevard Vincent-Auriol, south onto Rue Jeanne D'Arc and follow that carefully in the direction of the church to Rue Clisson where you'll take a left (east again). Tempero will be on your right, across the street from some giant math school. Along the way, you may question your sanity…but after 5 minutes you'll be wondering when you can come again (we made our reservation while we were eating). Both visits to Tempero were different except for the wine….a Sainte Barbe. If you like dark reds give it a try. The food was original and earthy, produced with care out of a shoebox of a kitchen area. Our waitress wore ripped jeans (cool!), gave us tastes of wines by the glass to help us figure out what we wanted both times, and were whirlwinds of service and smiles. Tempero is small and only open a few nights a week (they do mostly lunch but just recently opened also Thursday evening to go along with Friday, so plan and reserve ahead. Of course you can get mostly there by metro or taxi, but it is worth every moment of a nice walk from downtown. It looks like we are the fourth TA reviewer….I agree with all three of the others…Tempero is fun and excellent and worth your time and money. It was one of only two places we went twice (other was Cafe des Musees). I am going to write below that this is a good place for romance and special occasions….and it is, depending on who you are, and the occasion. I would not suggest it for children. No room to roam. Money….two people with a very good bottle of wine…somewhere around 100 euro's.

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1  Thank Kevin C
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Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Fine dining at affordable prices. This small restaurant, which doesn't seat more than 30 people, is open only on weekdays, most days till 14.30 only. The owners, a husband and wife duo from Brazil  (they speak Portuguese and French), are also chefs who serve delicious, carefully thought out dishes - the menu changes every day.

We had two fixed menus (Formule) and a pitcher of house rosé for a total of 43 Euros! As you can see from most other reviews on here, most customers here are locals. Head to this restaurant, which is about 15 mins walk across the river from Bercy, if you're tired of overpriced places in more "popular" parts of town.

Tip: if you aren't sure which dessert to choose, order tea / coffee accompanied by mini desserts, a selection of desserts served on that day.

Thank Leo S
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