Restaurant Le Severo

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my friend L and I share a passion for good food so when we had coinciding trips to Paris, we went to the internet to do our restaurant research. and one of the best resources for great dining places around the world is nytimes’ mark bittman. one of his favorite restaurants in paris is restaurant le severo.

Restaurant Le Severo

contrary to some descriptions i’ve read about le severo’s reputation of being a fantastic wine bar, the place is really one of the shining gems in the 14th Arrondissment with many quiet surprises and of course, probably the best steak frites in all of Paris.

Restaurant e Severo

nestled in tiny rue plantes, le severo’s interiors evoke a very traditional french bistro setting with only 10 tables. the crowd consisted of locals and menu was on a chalkboard on the wall, with two-thirds’ of it boasting of an extensive wine list.

Restaurant Le Severo
we settled for the house red which was really good as it is. or maybe i was just jetlagged since i had just arrived the night before.

Restaurant Le Severo
we really just intended to eat steak frites but our waiter had suggested we get a starter as it takes 30 minutes to get our main dish. he tipped us off to get the pied de porc dessose salade. it was pork feet with the bones taken out and sliced into little bits, boiled and set in a jelly like a terrine, then fried to a crisp. the salad had a slight citron-based dressing that was a refreshing balance. it was SO GOOD.

and of course, the steak frites. one of my lenten sacrifices was giving up fries(i also gave up coke zero, among other things) so i was looking forward to this meal since march. and it did not disappoint!

our french wasn’t so great so we guessed that the côte de boeuf that came with frites on the side was THE one. we had our steaks saignant and it arrived flawlessly cooked – crspy on the outside but rosy, juicy, straddling the delicate line of tenderness.

Restaurant Le Severo
everything was seasoned to perfection! the frites were a dream – homemade, hand-cut and golden with the right amount of fleur de sel. it had me cross-eyed with delight!

Restaurant Le Severo
for dessert, we shared a very simple creme caramel – their version of leche flan – traditionally served ice cold and floating on a slick of burnt sugar syrup. a nice punctuation to this great meal.

what a beautiful welcome to the city of lights!

Restaurant Le Severo
8, Rue Plantes
75014 Paris

Written by divasoria

May 8th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

13 Responses to 'Restaurant Le Severo'

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  1. This post made me hungry. The steak looks so yummy.


    8 May 11 at 5:07 pm

  2. WOW


    8 May 11 at 5:08 pm

  3. really amazing meal! if ever you’re in paris, le severo is a must-stop. PRAMIS!


    8 May 11 at 5:10 pm

  4. was a toss up b/w the pied de porc dessose and the steak frites!

    Merci mille fois Mark Bittman! haha


    8 May 11 at 5:16 pm

  5. I agree with Livie – WOW

    Leeanne G.

    8 May 11 at 5:17 pm

  6. L – we should have a good meal out of the country once in a while! thanks a bunch! see ya soon :)


    8 May 11 at 5:19 pm

  7. I’m not too sure about the deep fried pork feet terrine, but everything else looks yuummmmmmmehhhhhh. Your Paris posts make me more determined to push through with my July trip!


    8 May 11 at 8:43 pm

  8. ^ trust me, the fried pork feet is pretty damn good!


    8 May 11 at 8:54 pm

  9. Do you prefer Le Severo over L’entrecote?


    8 May 11 at 8:57 pm

  10. l’entrecote is pretty touristy, ya? severo, hands down.


    8 May 11 at 9:40 pm

  11. This post made me hungry. The steak looks so yummy.
    .and the place so friendly.


    12 May 11 at 2:54 pm

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