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    CHEZ JANOU

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    Chez Janou

    2, rue Roger Verlomme (3rd Arr.)

    Paris

    (33) 01-42-72-28-41 | www.chezjanou.com

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    • CUISINE

      Provencal Bistro
    • HOURS

      Daily: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 7:30pm-12:00am
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Essential, especially for dinner
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      1996
    • PRICE (MAINS; PRIX FIXE LUNCH)

      EUR 15-20; EUR 15-20
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Grilled sea bass; ratatouille; duck with rosemary; chocolate mousse
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      80+ types of pastis; reasonably priced wines
    • # OF SEATS

      50-100
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      Yes
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      Chemin Vert
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    VIBE

    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.

    CROWD

    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.

    GO HERE WITH

    Friends

    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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