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  • 5.0 star rating
    24/6/2014

    After you climb and climb to get up there, enjoy this small bistro with a short menu located near Sacre Coeur. The interior is understated with an old-fashioned feel and lovely breezes pouring through the open windows with jaw-dropping views. (Bonus: great bathroom view too!)

    But we went for the food and it was magnifique.

    I had turbot which was simple and perfectly cooked (crispy skin and tender, meaty flesh) with black rice and zucchini. My wife had a nice preparation of stuffed chicken. Perfect French cuisine: a few high-quality ingredients cooked perfectly.

    Our waitress made a perfect recommendation of wine.

    We had cherries in a brandy(?) sauce for dessert and they were otherworldly.

    Very friendly and patient service. I spilled wine and spoke French poorly but they took it all in stride and made me feel happy and at home.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/5/2012

    Wandering around Montmartre for the first time in a long while we were pleasantly surprised to find this terrific restaurant away from the hordes of tourists on the eastern side down the hill a piece.

    25 euros for an entree plat or plat dessert (we took one of each) bought a delicious starter of piss en lit with large smokey lardon pieces and delicious little potatoes. Simple and delicious. This was followed by a perfectly cooked onglet de boeuf in a very tasty jus while my partner had an, also perfectly cooked, braised lamb served with sweet carrots and a requested side of, way too uncommon, salsify (dandelion root), all washed down with a carafe of an excellent Rosé (16eu for 50cl). The Millefeuille of caramelised apples was an excellent finish.

    The large back windows gave expansive views across Paris and not a sound could be heard. We felt we were in the countryside somewhere and not just a few steps away from the usual Parisian hullabaloo.

    We will go back soon and am sure will be adding a star to this fine establishment afterwards.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/5/2010

    Absolutely loved my meal here on Sunday. I met an old dear Parisian friend who I hadn't seen in 6 years and she took me here for a wonderful, delicious lunch. The owner and staff were super friendly and sweet... My friend had to translate everything for me though since I don't speak a lick of French.

    We started out sharing a dish of marinated bell peppers with goat cheese, garnished with pistachio nuts and we both had the 'pintade' with morel mushrooms and potatoes for our main plates. I asked my friend what pintade was and she said it was close to chicken but not... And couldn't recall the English name. Turns out it's guinea fowl/hen... And it was yummy!!!

    I am definitely returning to Le Grand 8 on my next visit to Paris.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/10/2012

    Really classy, tiny, authentic French cafe experience. They made room for me on a busy night. I got the foie gras terrine (which I discovered is not my thing at all), and the virgin lamb. It was cooked perfectly, with a side of gigante beans and turnips. I had an excellent red wine to go with it. Great atmosphere, great menu, check this place out.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/3/2012

    This is our favorite place to eat in the Montmarte area.  Its just a short walk from Sacre Couer, but the street is quiet and not busy like the rest of the area.  There's very little seating outside, but the view out the back windows is fantastic, so sitting inside is not a loss.

    We have been here twice; the first time with a large group of friends for a late Sunday lunch, and the second just two of us for lunch up in Montmarte.  Both times the food and service has been great.  Like a good French bistro, the menu is on chalkboards, and you can expect to pay about 25 Euros for a plate + appetizer or dessert.

    On our first visit we had marinated duck breast, and a braised pork roast.  Today we had nice pan seared scallops with a creamy vegetable risotto, as well as a braised veal in a tomato base with roast potatoes.  The food is high quality and flavorful, without being over-sauced or over-salted.

    Also, don't miss a visit to their bathroom - the view of the city is great!

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/10/2012

    We went here for our last night in Paris based on proximity and Yelp reviews. I was underwhelmed. There was talk of city views on other yelps but unless you had one of two tables in this tightly packed place you'd see nothing. Dinner was good, not great. Lamb and accompanying sides were a little bland. Had to ask 3 times for water. Couldn't get bread without asking twice. On the plus side when he was out of requested wine he offered next one up at same price. BIG con however was bringing the wine, already opened, in a decanter. I knew it was a CdP but it could have been anything. Not a pro move. I'd pass...the place next door looked cool and fun....next time.

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