Where to eat: Belle Maison Paris

Whenever I hear that one of my foodie friends is heading to Paris, I immediately recommend making dinner reservations, especially on weekends. If you want to try a new or popular spot, it’s the only way to go. Even if you scout out your reservation earlier that day, you’ll be better off than not having one at all.

On my last trip to Paris, I didn’t take my own advice. I had a “good” reason that backfired which in turn worked out. If you’re still with me, my point is I stumbled upon Belle Maison in Montmartre because I didn’t have a reservation and I couldn’t be happier.

I have a semi-good reason for not having a reservation on a Saturday night in Paris. I hoped to snag a table at a no reservation spot in Montmartre. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how popular the place was. I got there as the doors opened and the line was around the corner …and down the street at least a quarter of a mile. (I’ll save you from my colorful commentary on places that don’t take reservations.)

Anyway, I was trekking around Montmartre trying to find a decent place to dine, and I walked past Belle Maison. It’s an adorable spot with cozy, modern decor. I was sold just from the look of it, but did they have any reservations available? Luckily, they did and could take us right when they opened.

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I’m going to jump ahead and tell you that this was one of those dining experiences that just makes you happy. Where you get excited about restaurants/blogging/food all over again. (I’ve had these experiences a few times… here, here and here.)

Belle Maison was superb because of her simplicity. Nothing was overloaded with flavors, the seafood mostly spoke for itself, and the wine by the glass was cheap and outstanding.

What we ordered:

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Mussels with marinière sauce and parsley

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Crab cannelloni, ginger, green apple, tom kha lime

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Scallops, root vegetables, condiment dates, smoked white butter
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Pork ravioli, shiitake mushroom broth, soubressade sausage
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Creamy Chocolate Kalapaia, Joconde biscuit with cocoa, light chocolate mousse, coffee ice cream

There you have it. If you’re visiting Paris, I hope you’ll try to eat at Belle Maison Paris. It’s an excellent spot and one of my favorite meals in recent history.

If you’re interested in my other food adventures, check out my Food section.

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