New French bistro connection


The "new French bistro generation" springing up all over Paris, with young chefs keen to put the spotlight on fresh fare simply cooked, includes two in the 2nd arrondissement. Grégory Marchand, whose former boss Jamie Oliver called him Frenchie, opened his first restaurant, under just that name, in 2009. Foodies make a beeline for Le Frenchie (just 25 seats) to dip into its punchy though limited menu. The Frenchie Bar à Vins followed close behind and then the Frenchie To Go, whose cheerful staff serve up delicious hot dogs, fish & chips and pastrami sandwiches at record speed. Another chef who's set tongues wagging is Sven Chartier at Saturne, a stylish restaurant-cum-wine-bar with a big glass roof near the Palais Brongniart. It's been open for three years now and is always full. In the evening there's just one set menu (€60 for 7 dishes). Chartier takes his ingredients to new heights and contentment is the order of the day (closed weekends).

Frenchie & Co, 5-6-9 rue du Nil – Tél. 01 40 39 96 19 Saturne, 17 rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires – Tél. 01 42 60 31 90