This brasserie is listed as an historic monument - the reason being, the beautiful Art Nouveau decor that takes you a step back in time. Not only is ... More
This brasserie is listed as an historic monument - the reason being, the beautiful Art Nouveau decor that takes you a step back in time. Not only is the setting marvellous, but the menu is also appetising. Try the Sole cooked a la plancha with Bearnaise sauce, Cassoulet d'oie Maison or the Profiteroles with Chocolate. The restaurant can seat up to 170 persons.
Went there in 2003 and have been thinking of returning ever since(which I will in one week's time). Found it by chance and loved every moment of the experience starting with the wonderful decór and ambiance and ending with the dessert (something with pears which I can still taste 6 years onwards!) Can's wait!
This restaurant is in a seedy part of Paris and I had doubts that I had found the right place.
Summoning up my courage, I opened the heavy front door and was transformed into another century. It is understatedly beautiful, with stained glass in the belle époque style.
The room itself is long and fairly narrow. Try and get a table in the thick of things for a better atmosphere. The dish of the day is always good. Excelent calves liver and bacon and the best gigot d'agneau I have ever eaten; pink, tender and full of flavour.
Service is attentive, fast and full of humour. That makes a huge difference. If you want a formal evening you are in the wrong place.
A friend of mine went on New Years Eve and each table was given straws and paper darts. A huge England .v. Belgium contest ensued and was intensified when the missiles were dipped in red wine first!!
I usually go for Saturday lunch, which is always surprisingly empty. Not a great atmosphere in terms of buzz, but a wonderful chance to enjoy superb food wonder at the stained glass and attention to detail of the decor. The glass is not hugely colourful - mostly green, but still lovely. If you want buzz, go in the evening. You must book or stand in a queue outside after 2130 hrs and wait in hope!!
As if the Art Deco atmosphere were not enough, the food at Julien is simply to die for. The restrauant is known for its Cassoulet, but I had the pan seared foie gras which was better than excellent. Try the Grand Marnier crepe for dessert. You can even watch them prepare it.
Another thing I really appreciated is that the rest rooms are on the main floor -- unlike most Parisian restaurants where you need to go down a narrow, winding staircase.
Friendly, jovial waiters also helped make Julien a fun place.
We stumbled across this restaurant whilst doing a reccy for where to eat and trying to avoid anything that looked touristy. It looked different from the outside and we peeked thru the window. Decided to return for dinner that evening and were completely astonished at the grand interior and amazing decor. Spoke French and didnt feel like a tourist . Food starters were excellent , main course equally so altho my salmon wasnt completely cooked , they took it away and returned a fresh dish. Great food portions, attentive but not OTT service. Excellent value for money, sat drinking in the amtosphere and the wine till late . Didnt feel out of place in jeans and tops, but you could also feel fine dressed to kill. Fab atmosphere , very French, very relaxed. As we left we realised there was a queue of people out of the door waiting to get in. Later found it featured in our Time Out guide. If you dont want the tourist stuff and enjoy authentic Paris particularly if you are comfortable in a multi cultural area then its a must. Can't wait to go again.
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