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2, rue Roger Verlomme (3rd Arr.)
(33) 01-42-72-28-41 | www.chezjanou.com
HOURSDaily: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 7:30pm-12:00am
BEST FORLunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSEssential, especially for dinner
PRICE (MAINS; PRIX FIXE LUNCH)EUR 15-20; EUR 15-20
FAMOUS PLATESGrilled sea bass; ratatouille; duck with rosemary; chocolate mousse
DRINKS AND WINE80+ types of pastis; reasonably priced wines
# OF SEATS50-100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
If the standoffish grays of Paris’s historic streets get you down, bebop over to this boisterous Provençal joint next to Place des Vosges, where the sun-drenched south of France is channeled via cheerful lemon yellow décor, gregarious service, and simple catch-of-the-day fare. The handwritten menu offers up hearty, fresh fare (a combo that translates into ultra-delish), and the rustic surrounds (no starched linens or complicated sets of silverware are to be found on these cute wood tables) are equally pared down.
A fun and lively mix of 20- and 30-somethings, though it’s now starting to catch the eye of savvy travelers, too.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
We’d run with the décor and wear something bright and casual.
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WHY WE LIKE IT
A great lunch spot, especially if we can snag a seat on the plant-laden terrace. (Although on rainy days we’re happy to settle for a cozy banquette under one of the rosy lamps.) Besides the pick-me-up ambiance, we totally dig the generous portions–they make Chez Janou meals a very good value for money. (On that front, we particularly recommend ordering the chocolate mousse, which is served family style in an oh-so-generously sized bowl.)
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
At dinner, there’s always a wait, even if you already have a reservation. Also, when it’s crowded, the service can get snippy, especially with those waiting for a table.
GOOD TO KNOW
The terrace is covered and heated in the winter, so you can enjoy it year-round. If you’re heading inside, try to get a seat in the back, because the front tends to be where all of the new arrivals congregate as they wait for their tables. Dogs allowed.
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