Photo by David Rosendorf
Clown Bar—its name inspired by the neighboring Cirque d’Hiver (winter circus)—has a decorative border from the 1920s depicting clowns at play along with green, yellow, and white tiled walls and a curving zinc bar. If the decor makes you smile, the friendly and professional service will too: You'll get expert advice on the natural wines on offer and how best to pair them with the food. The waitstaff is also helpful with explaining the menu, which lists only three ingredients for each dish. With the historical surroundings as backdrop, diners savor modern cuisine that blends French classics with influences brought by the chef from his native Japan, like a foie gras en croûte enlivened with bright tones of yuzu. In temperate weather, opt for a table under the red awning.
By Sylvia Sabes, AFAR Local Expert
The team from Saturne has taken over the historic bar with beautiful Belle Epoque murals of clowns (tastefully). It is the perfect spot for late night dining after your Wednesday adventure at the Louvre. The menu features intriguing contemporary French small plates with Japanese and other international influence. Highlights from a few dishes we ordered included fried sadine, foie gras with smoked eel and button mushrooms, and an incredible pigeon from Mesquer with smoked herbs and sautéed potatoes. To drink, the extensive natural wine list is at your service. Call a couple of weeks in advance for a reservation.
By Irene Wang
114 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France
+33 1 43 55 87 35
Wed - Sun 12pm - 2:30pm, 7pm - 10:30pm