June 26 2014
One of my best meals in recent months was had at this thimble-sized restaurant just a stepping stone away from the Pere Lachaise cemetary.
Jane Drotter presides over the 25-or-so covers on the floor, whilst chef Shaun Kelly (ex-St John, Saturne and Au Passage) has free rein in the kitchen. The result is a powerful combination.
Service is friendly and efficient. Jane, always smiling, has a wonderful manner with the clients. The restaurant Yard has technically been open since 2009, but it is only since summer 2014 that they have been open in the evenings as well. This change, along with the arrival of Shaun Kelly, was accompanied by a huge wave of buzz amongst the foodies and fellow restauranteurs in Paris.
Both lunch and dinner menus comprise a choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts. Not exactly great if you’re a picky eater, but at least you’re sure that what they have is fresh, seasonal and, let me tell you, it is going to be good! The wine list is interesting and more extensive, with natural wines from France, Spain and Italy.
A special mention for the spectacularly decadent “Kate Mousse” which might just have gone down as my favourite pudding that I’ve eaten this summer.
In particular, the lunch menu at 18 euros for entrée + plat + dessert is an absolute steal. Highly recommended.
N.B. If this sounds like your sort of place, you’re sure to like Le Servan and Le 6 Paul Bert too.
Essential Information Address: 6 rue de Mont Louis, 75011 Telephone: 01 40 09 70 30 Website: Website, Facebook Opening Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Monday lunch also. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Reservations: advisable – best to call a week in advance. Suggested footwear: Black leather ankle boots with a slight heel.