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L'Ardoise

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L'Ardoise Review

A minuscule storefront, decorated with enlargements of old sepia postcards of Paris, L'Ardoise is a model of the kind of contemporary bistros making waves in Paris. Chef Pierre Jay's first-rate three-course dinner menu for €36 tempts with such original dishes as mushroom and foie gras ravioli with smoked duck; farmer's pork with porcini mushrooms; and red mullet with creole sauce (you can also order à la carte, but it's less of a bargain). Just as enticing are the desserts, such as a superb feuillantine au citron—caramelized pastry leaves filled with lemon cream and lemon slices—and a boozy baba au rhum. With friendly waiters and a small but well-chosen wine list, L'Ardoise would be perfect if it weren't so popular (meaning noisy and crowded).

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch Sun.
Updated: 02-19-2014

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    L'Ardoise Review

    It was good food, and there are selections for people who want something a little more adventurous and for people who want to eat something that isn't escargot or foie gras. We were seated down stairs, and at one point the waitress forgot we were there, and before that, she did not take the order of another party for about 15 minutes. It was not her fault at all, but if you like quick and elegant service, this place isn't for you. It has great food, though! I highly recommend the beef in red sauce and the lemon tart.

    by Whizzie, 8/24/12
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    L'Ardoise Review

    I went here of Fodor's recommendation. During dinner I found that over half the customers there were American and had also found it on Fodors!

    The place is very small and if you don't mind sitting right next to other customers, it's not the place for you. The tables are touching and they had to pull our our table for me to get to my seat. Luckily, this does not bother me.

    Both me and my co-worker agreed that the starter and dessert were better than the main, but we were still happy with the over-all meal, espscially for the price (122 Euro, including a bottle of wine).

    I usually rate a place on whether or not I would return for work and/or with my wife. I would, in both cases. I recommend L'Ardoise to anyone that wants a good, affordable French dinner.

    One note I will add is that you need to call ahead and make a reservation. While we were there it filled up and we saw at least one walk-in turned away because they did not the room for them.

    by Mike_Hennessy, 6/3/12
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    A real treasure

    We ate here at Pauline Frommer's rec. and it was superb. It was crowded, but we just walked in at around 1:30 PM. My chicken breast in brown sauce was perfect, and the thin, crispy sauteed potatoes in butter beyond description! I will absolutely return.

    by MAP, 3/25/08

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