Eat, Play and Smoke at Derrière

Pssst – do you know about Derrière, in the Marais?  The restaurant’s name refers to its location, an alley, derrière a few other buildings. They opened last fall, and refused to give out their phone number. Which only got the buzz going faster.

They finally went public with their phone number – though there is no website, so it’s still a bit of a puzzle.  Cuisine is French, servings are generous, and prices are in line with designer restaurants.

And the decor: retro apartment chic, with menus designed by Ich & Kar, and there is a ping pong table where diners can play between courses.

Another secret: they have a fumoir (indoor smoking has been banned in Paris) that you enter through a Narnia-like armoire.  Two sittings, 8 and 10pm.  Reserve at least 5 days in advance.

Derrière, 69, rue des Gravilliers 75003, tel  01 4 4 61 9 1 95