Part of the romance of Paris is discovering hidden spaces. And when that space serves market fresh food on marble topped tables surrounded by tall windows, antique mirrors, and exposed stone walls…well then… tant mieux. All the better!
Restaurant Grand Coeur shares a cobble stoned courtyard with a dance studio just off rue du Temple, in the très chic Marais. In summer, it has one of the nicest patios I’ve seen.
In winter the large windows and artful lighting make the interior welcoming; smiling staff in long aprons recommend wines from the copious wine list and describe the preparation and provenance of dishes like line-caught sea bass à la plancha, tarte aux cèpes with hazelnuts, and orzo with Cantal.
Their 30€ prix-fixe lunch menu makes it even sweeter.
For dinner, count on about 70€ per person for three courses and wine. If you’re in the area mid-afternoon, they’re open between lunch and dinner for a glass of wine and small plate.