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  • 5.0 star rating
    6/4/2014

    Wonderful cute environment.  This a great place with a few friends and or a date.  They're affordable compared to other places in Paris.

    They have 3 course option for 35€ or 2 courses for 31€ or one course for 22€.  They also have a 6 course tasting menu for 65€.  I wanted to do the tasting menu, but got to the restaurant too late(around 9pm) and they have stopped serving the tasting menu but still had regular menu.

    I ordered the steak of the day.   Parisians like to put "chef's cut" as the steak option.  Just means the cut will be whatever the chef finds to be the best to serve.  It's a bit annoying if u wanted a certain cut that night.  The steak was a little more rare than what was asked.  For the appetizer, I order escargot and they were really really good!  I forget the name of the dessert but it had a chocolate cake like brownie and sorbet.  Great ending to my meal.  One of the friends I was with was vegetarian. she didn't ask about the vegetarian options and just ordered the scallops.  It had bits of bacon in it so she just picked it out.  I tried some and it was very good.  
    Also had wine that night, my friends and I just went by pricing.  Picked a 28€ bottle and we actually all liked it. Would definitely come back to this place again.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/4/2014

    So I have to rate La Ferrandaise within the context of French bistros. Had it been anywhere else in the world, I may have given it 4 stars, but compared to the other meals we had in France, this was the least impressive.

    The location is lovely, right near Jardin du Luxembourg. The interior is cozy and quite cramped in the front room, but seems par for the course for several Parisian restaurants. I quite liked the dim lighting and chalkboard specials. By 8pm, every table was full, so I do suggest reservations.

    The restaurant is friendly towards English speakers. As mentioned previously, it's 35 euros for three courses. Our starters, carrot & coconut cream soup and mock turtle pastilla, were the highlights. The mock turtle starter was completely delicious, and all I could think the entire time was about Alice in Wonderland and poor Mock Turtle. No, it's not turtle, but it's likely calf brains/organs that are prepared in a way to emulate the texture and taste of real turtle. Never had it prior to this, but can advocate that it was awesome. The carrot and coconut soup had a smooth velvety texture, however, did lack a punch on the taste. A bit bland. As for the main courses, the butcher's piece of beef and the butcher's piece of suckling veal, they were a bit disappointing. I wanted the meats to be melt-in-your-mouth tender, but they weren't. They were actually bordering on sinewy and tough, rendering each bite a workout. Maybe we chose poorly. However, when you hear "butcher's choice," you tend to think of superior cuts. Dessert was 50/50. The house special my husband had wasn't very good -- it tasted purely of rum and was dry otherwise. The cream puffs (chef's choux puffs) were excellent. Anything with pastry and cream is a winner in my book!

    Service was prompt, the atmosphere was busy and loud, the food was good but not fantastic. Would I go back? Not sure. With thousands of choices in Paris, maybe not.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/3/2014

    After pouring over countless reviews of French restaurants in Paris, I finally settled on La Ferrandaise for my birthday dinner location. I was looking for light, delicious French food that would be creative and relatively affordable. The set menu (starter, main, dessert) was €35, which seemed comparable to other similar restaurants in the area. Following the recommendations made in several reviews, I emailed them two days before our arrival to request a reservation for dinner for two at 7pm on a Friday night.

    Being the consummate tourists, we were the first people to arrive at the restaurant. After we were seated, the restaurant staff trickled in and made their way to the kitchen to start cooking for the one table that insisted on eating so much earlier than everyone else in France. Luckily, a few minutes later a pair of French men came in, so we weren't the restaurant's sole diners for too long. The set menu had about 6-8 options for each course and we opted for the escargot and citrus cannelloni with crab for our starters. Having never eaten escargot before, I don't have much to compare to, but these were served in a garlic mushroom sauce and were (unsurprisingly) chewy and not particularly flavorful. The sauce was nicely seasoned though and added a lot to the dish. The cannelloni (served chilled) was the star starter here, delightfully fresh, delicate and original. I wish I had gotten that instead, but I had to try escargot at least once in Paris!

    For our mains we chose the scallops on top of creamy polenta and the veal. While the scallops were delicious, they were quite small and I finished them quickly while wishing I had ordered something more substantial. I sampled some of my boyfriend's veal which was cooked melt-in-your-mouth perfectly in a light and creamy curry flavored sauce with carrots and onions.

    As the restaurant began to fill up (and at least ten people without reservations were turned away) we got our dessert. I was disappointed to see a completely different set of desserts on the menu than those that were posted on the website's menu from the previous month, but opted for the chocolate banana pudding. My boyfriend chose a lemongrass coconut one but we weren't sure whether it was cake, mousse or something else entirely. The descriptions for the desserts were quite vague and the waiter who took our orders didn't speak enough English (and we didn't speak enough French) to be able to figure out what exactly we would be getting.  Both desserts turned out to be little slices of cake, mine dense and creamy, the lemongrass coconut one light and fluffy. They were nice, but nothing to write home about. I enjoyed the crepes and croissants I'd eaten during our stay more than I did these fancy desserts.

    Overall, the service was efficient, the food was tasty, and the restaurant had a nice ambiance to it. Our bill came to nearly €100, without wine or any apertifs, which was a bit more than I would want to pay for such small portions. It wasn't the best meal I've ever eaten, but it was definitely the best dinner I had in Paris.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/6/2014

    I kicked myself for not having ordered the tasting menu. I had the fricasse, filet mignon de cachon, and panna cotta. Everything was delicately seasoned and sublime.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/5/2014

    Loved this place! A lovely, quaint location near the Latin Quarter. The food was modern with a delightful hint of the French countryside. I was charmed by everything from the mini Le Creuset individual serving pots to the expert presentation. I'm not a huge fan of sweets, but I had the pleasure of enjoying one of the best deserts I've ever tasted here. I highly recommend this little gem.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/3/2014

    It has been a few years since I have been here, but so glad we found it again during a recent work trip.  It is one of my favorite places in Paris, and located perfectly.  La Ferrandaise is in the 6th, and very close to Luxembourg Gardens if you are interested in a pre-dinner stroll to work up your appetite (the gardens close at dusk).  La Ferrandaise is deceivingly spacious inside.  The main room has about 10 tables, but there is also a back room for larger party along with a lower level.  This is important because it is one of the few places that allows walk-ins on a weeknight, just like any other restaurant in Paris on the weekends, reservations are needed.  We walked up at 5PM on a Thursday, and they were able to give us a reservation when they opened at 7PM.  They have menus in English and Chinese.

    When in Paris I usually go with the 3-course meal option which is recommended at most places (La Ferrandaise = 35 euro).  They have a seasonal menu that changes bimonthly.  I started with the escargot.  They were served differently than other places.  The meat was pulled out of the shells, and served in a rich, creamy sauce.  They were fantastic!  I ordered the confit shoulder of lamb, various orange-flavoured carrots for my main course.  It was also delicious... the lamb was sooo tender, it fell apart with a fork.  The roasted cocoa beans tender biscuit, vanilla-flavoured Chantilly cream was a perfect ending to a week in Paris.

    I also recommend the gambas ravioli, ginger, fresh herbs and vegetable broth followed by the Wild Breton coasts fish baked in a spices crust, stuffed Jerusalem artichokes.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/3/2014

    Nice meal in rather simple but refined atmosphere. Nothing really wowed, but everything was très correct, especially a delightful mille feuille to close out the meal. Slow even by French standards. Probably not worth a trip, but certainly a reliable standby if you're staying in the area.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/5/2014

    Went to dine to experience the traditional French dinner with my wife. The food was very good overall. We ordered a half bottle of white wine - $18. The menu shows one price for food €35 for a app, main course, and dessert. We both ordered. They had an English menu though there was still some guessing involved. The waitress was very kind though spoke very little English and couldn't give suggestions on what to order. The food was much better than the atmosphere though the atmosphere wasn't displeasing. We didn't make a reservation so we got sat in their small back room. Got very hot in there but they eventually turned on some air which was a huge relief. DONT EXPECT TO HURRY THROUGH THIS MEAL. We typically are fast diners but this meal took us 2.5 hours. Food, well worth the price - Get the macaroon - Get a reservation to sit in the front room, and make sure to be ready for very well prepared French meals that take all evening.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/6/2012

    If only we'd noticed this restaurant, right next door to our hotel, when we first arrived. If only we'd read the hotel's list of recommended restaurants, instead of wandering through the Latin Quarter getting so-so food. Alas, we only discovered this place walking back to the hotel on our last night.

    La Ferrandaise was simply amazing. The food was fresh, seasonal and interestingly prepared. I had duck liver pate with house made green pea ice cream on top as a starter, and it only got better from there.

    The service was perfect, the wine was delicious, and the prices were reasonable (for a Michilin listed restaurant).  We got dessert *and* the cheese course, which did not disappoint.

    Even though our French was sparse, the staff was incredibly polite.  the restaurant is small, so if you blink, you'll walk right past it - though they did seem to have additional seating downstairs.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/9/2013

    The food was amazing, the wait staff was the kindest we experienced in Paris, and the ambience was perfect. The restaurant was full, but despite the fact that all the patrons appeared to be having a wonderful time, the sound in the restaurant never jumped above a low murmur.

    Each of the three courses arrived beautifully presented. We were given radishes with olive butter and freshly baked bread to start and enjoyed three full courses following those starters. The chocolate panna cotta is out of this world.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/10/2013

    My fiancee and I spent 5 days in Paris and 5 in wine country. We ate at Michelin starred restaurants along the way. But this was hands down the best meal of the trip. Frank the owner is very friendly, professional, and accommodating. He adjusted my reservation time for me several times. He loves to joke and make his guests feel welcome. The food was perfect. The decor and ambiance was spot on. This is a must see type of restaurant!

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/11/2013

    Great place to go for a major dinner. Three courses for a good price, portions generous. Gougenotte just ok to start, wonderful veal stew, fish very good, peanut mousse cake and pistachio Charlotte really good for dessert. Service attentive but not warm.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/8/2012

    La Ferrandaise served one of the best dinners I have ever had in Paris. A must-go if you are ever in the Latin Quarter near the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Sorbonne.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/9/2013

    Our favorite place in Paris.  One of those you don't want to call attention to lest it get too busy but we had to.  No pretense, reasonable prices for great food.  The service is also great, especially for english-only speakers.  Just a great all around spot in Paris.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/9/2012

    Awesome! This was one of the most delicious meals I have had, in a delightful setting, with attentive and gracious staff.

    • Qype User john78…
    • East Grinstead, West Sussex
    • 3 friends
    • 6 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/10/2009

    This place rocks! The food quality is superbe, spoke to the manager/owner (not sure which of the two) and he briefed me that all the meats and produce used in the restaurant are hand selected by himself from the farms in his region and he arranges the transport of all this himself.
    The quantity is quite big. I had a filet mignon of veal and it was amazing. Not too much and extremely tasty.
    I highly recommend this place!

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/10/2011

    I must thank Alexander Lorano for mentioning this restaurant because it truly is a hidden gem tucked away in the Latin quarter. Small and rustic this is a true gastronomical french bistro. Not an easy place to get reservations not because its booked for months ahead of time but because it is cherished by locals . After 4 attempts to get in, our last day in Paris we were able to get reservations in the early evening. My wife and I decided to get the 6 course tasting menu and wine paring to attack what seemed to be a chef in great demand. Kevin Besson, head chef did not disappoint. We first started out with radishes and truffle butter, next course was some real delicate pate, mozzarella and bread and some chartucherie on top of white beans, next was a sardine on top of soft goat cheese, followed by a dish that mimicked a payaya with clams, fried sea bream and polenta. Next was grilled veal (nice and bloody) and ratatouille . The cheese plate was filling and dessert had a nice double chocolate mousse accompanied by kiwi fruit and strawberries. Fantastic night.

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