28, Rue Mont Thabor
75001 Paris, France, CA
+33 1 42 96 28 18
L’Ardoise is a charming French Bistro located on a quiet street in the 1st Arrondissement, a block from the Jardin des Tuileries, and not far from the Louvre. They have a very affordable 34€ three course meal as well as an a la carte menu. We ordered two of these meals, plus and extra entree. If you need an early dinner, this is one of the few that start dinner at 6:30pm. L’Ardoise is mentioned in many tour books.
Decor, Vibe – Small unassuming storefront filled with French culinary art, simple paintings, country style. It was not too crowded during our dinner. Most of the diners were American tourists.
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Amuse Bouche of Toast with a fish spread
Petit Pots de Scampis au beurre – Scampi in eight small, super hot pots with a crispy toast on top of each. Shrimp were pretty big and drenched in a red wine sauce. Excellent and not buttery.
Tartare de Thon au ginger bre et basilic – Tuna Tartar with greens, and too much basil and ginger. This dish was pretty generous but was created in a form that made it not very delicate. Make sure you like ginger and basil!
Filet de Canette des landes aux peches – Duck Breast was cooked to a just right “medium” = medium rare. Very good flavor and nice apricot flavored jus. Very well done pan fried potatoes.
Filet d’agneau en crepinette aux herbs, gratin de potato de terre agria – Lamb Fillet Wrapped with herbs was very tender and cooked to a medium rare. Mint leaf on top with some liquor flavor. This went well with the scalloped potato gratin with cheese.
Jarret de veau braise au vin blanc et a L’estragon – Veal shank braised in white wine and tarragon was huge and slow cooked ala stew. It was like having a tenderloin that tastes like ox tail stew. Decent mash potatoes with a slight buttery flavor.
Assiette de fromage de chevre di fraconais – Four chunks of very high quality cheese with some frisse salad. Aged, bitter, creamy…
Soupe de nectarines au citron – Nectarine Soup with Lemon sorbet. Nice fresh fruit with way too sour lemon sorbet. Soup was too sweet too. A Weird combo.
L’Ardoise had good service that could have been better and more friendly. We had to ask for many items. They did speak English. The prices are reasonable and the food good, but not good enough to travel longer distances for.
English menu available. They took reservations by email. Metro: Concorde