Where to Eat in Paris: Another New Find For Us
49 rue Lucien Sampaix (10th arr)
Not far from the Gare de l’Est and on the street facing Canal St Martin.
A winning combo—great service, a lively buzz, good food.
Whenever we are in Paris we have two goals, as far as eating and places to eat go: to find new places, and to return to some tried and true places we’ve found over the years. It’s like a fun treasure hunt and we have various references to guide us. We were only in Paris for a few days last time, so we thought about this carefully as we wanted to maximize our eating experiences.
We went to L’Atmosphere on the recommendation of a great book we found—a book that describes what Paris has to offer around many of the Metro stations (Discover Paris By Metro) as far as sights, history and eating are concerned—and liked it so much we returned the next night, as our hotel was close by. And, it was just as good. This place is always busy and popular, so they must be doing something right. The servers—2 guys when we were there, one whose name is Boris—are a delight, very friendly and accommodating, and could easily switch to English if needed.
It’s not a big place and doesn’t have a fancy entrance or sign. Inside is a bar and seating for perhaps 30, and a few outside tables. But, it’s big in atmosphere, so is aptly named. The décor is an interesting mix of various baskets, and old radios.
The food is all freshly cooked, so it IS a little slow but people are here for the evening and just sit and chat while waiting.
The first night we had lamb (agneau) and sea bass (bar), a cheese plate to share, and a couple pichets of wine. The second night it was onglet beef, duck (canard) and a small plate of charcuterie, plus wine. All excellent.
This will definitely get on our list of favorite places in Paris.