A couple of weeks ago, a new hotspot opened in town. It’s called La Maison Plisson and it’s a grocery store + restaurant. These kind of mixed concepts are very popular with both Parisians and tourists, just look at the huge succes of Merci (which happens to be located not even a 100 meter from this new hipster darling).
I’ve seen the woman who founded La Maison Plisson on tv, and she explained how she travels the world to find the best and most exclusive product for the store. I believe she does, but when I was there, I spotted a couple of products that are also sold by the biggest supermarket chain in the Netherlands. The multi coloured radishes that were also on display on the other hand, caught my eye immediately. Such cute little pretty things! And I have yet to find those in a Dutch supermarket ;-)
We plannend on eating there, but there was even a line for the terrace, and it was NOT a warm day at all. Hipness comes with a price! So we decided to skip the line and go somewhere else, and just see where we’d end up. Luckily, in the first side street we took we saw a charming little restaurant that seemed pretty nice, and where they could just squeeze us in at the bar. They couldn’t have known, but the bar is my favourite place to eat, especially when there’s an open kitchen. To me, it’s like having first class tickets to a show :-)
On the menu of Rachel’s Pont aux Choux you’ll find many American classics (Rachel, the owner, is originally from the US) like pulled pork and burgers, and they also do brunch (brunching is by the way incredibly popular in Paris, you sometimes have to search real hard to find a restaurant where you can have a normal lunch on Sundays, as they often only do brunch, 9 times out of 10 in buffet style). The food is of high quality, very fresh and made on the spot, as I could see from my first class seat ;-)
Besides very tasty, it’s also affordable (something this Dutch girl appreciates a lot!), and the restaurant is beautifully decorated. Rachel is known in Paris for her fantastic pies and cakes, which she sold to other restaurants long before she opened her own, so be sure to leave some room for dessert!
We ate there when we just came back from six days in NYC, where we had all the burgers we wanted, and therefore opted for a salad. No worries, the salads are very tasty and with the baked brie in mine, it was certainly no diet food. We shared a beautiful carrot cake for dessert, which was gone in no time.
Rachel’s Pont aux Choux (the only downfall I can think of is the fact they don’t have a website, just a Facebook page)
25, rue du Pont aux Choux
+33 1 44 61 69 68