Saint Germain de pres is one of my favourite areas in Paris. Ever since my grandmother first took me to Paris, and we stayed there in a beautiful pied a terre, I’ve been enchanted by the area.
And so it only seemed natural to return, this time for lunch. I’d heard via via about the Alcazar, had seen on Instagram quite how pretty it looked, and heard about its ‘epic’ brunches. We were not going for brunch, but Saturday lunch, and we arrived having walked through the city for a solid 3 hours that morning.
Arriving at a beautiful restaurant, with a mouth-watering menu, and being hungry, is one of my favourite things. The minute a basket of ridiculously good bread was placed on the table I nearly inhaled the lot. Which was a mistake as I still had lunch to eat. They do a great lunch deal: two courses for EUR28, which is perfect.
To start Gene opted for the terrine and fois gras which was heavy (as predicted) but melt in the mouth. I had wanted to go for the burrata, but it was finished, so I tried the ceviche. It wasn’t particularly French, I know, but it was very well done. For mains Gene tried the duckling, with butternut squash puree and baked figs. The duck came a little too pink, but they whisked it away without a problem and returned it perfectly cooked. I went for salmon tataki (again, not very French!) which was the perfect light main course (though a huge portion).
Apart from the food itself, the restaurant’s interiors need a little praise. Visually it is stunning; it may be one of the most instagrammable restaurants in Paris I love being surrounded by plants, and here it feels almost like you’re eating in a greenhouse. But with elegant marble tables, and an extraordinary light installation. It has two levels, the ‘balcon’ has a very cool bar and you get great views of the restaurant below. Plus the staff are very friendly and helpful, which I still find a bit of a rarity in Paris.
We were too full to even consider pudding, and decided to walk to the newly renovated Les Halles for a coffee at the very cool Champeaux instead. But seriously, if you’re in Paris, make sure you reserve time (and appetite) for St Germain, you won’t regret it.
NB If you come here for dinner and looking for a place for post dinner cocktails, head to the nearby Prescription Cocktail Club.
62 Rue Mazarine,