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Paris: Chez Janou

Address: 2 Rue Roger Verlomme, Paris
Telephone: 01 42 72 28 41

We had lunch during our second day in Paris at Chez Janou in the Bastille area. When we arrived at noon, when it opened, we were the only ones there, but the place quickly filled up during our meal.

The first thing that we noticed about this place, as is the case with many Parisian restaurants, was how crammed together the tables were. There was so little elbow space that you literally have to be careful to not stick your elbow into your neighbour’s food!

But that being said, I guess cramped restaurant seating is an integral part of the Parisian experience. Anyways, onto the food:


Firstly, before we ordered, we snacked on the little tubs of olives placed on each table. They were all right.

Calf Liver (Foie de veau):


Good, hearty liver. Nothing too special but it was still delicious, especially with the gravy.

Duck Breast (Magret de canard):


Perfect doneness, and the wine sauce was a nice accompaniment too.

Sangier (Wild Boar) Stew:


Even though it was stewed, I found the chunks of meat too dry and the flavour a bit too bland. The game meat itself, though, did have a distinctive taste…sort of like a cross between pork and…lamb? It’s been a while, so maybe I’m just making things up…

Creme Brulee:


This dish had both hits and misses. The good: real vanilla beans were used (one can see a layer of the black bits at the bottom), the top layer was nice and hard, the custard was creamy and not too sweet. The bad: I don’t know if it was intended for temperature contrast or something, but the bottom of the custard was cold while the caramelized layer was hot.

So overall, Chez Janou was a nice experience, with decent & hearty brasserie food. The waiters and waitresses were pretty nice too. Even though it is tucked into a rather non-descript little road, it is worth the trip if you happen to be in the area.


February 23, 2010 - Posted by | French, Paris, Restaurants, Travels

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