The Marais is a neighborhood where real Parisians like to go out. The authentic pubs with their attractive terraces look very inviting and the French joie de vivre is infectious. There are no crowds of tourists or spectacular attractions to see, but what you can find here is the real Paris, full of creativity, class and a strong dose of healthy no-nonsense mentality. Restaurant Les Chouettes, a trendy, authentic and very inviting place, is located on a cozy square in this neighborhood.
Stylish art-deco interior
Just like most gastropubs, Les Chouettes offers tasty dishes at reasonable prices. Thanks to the splendid art-deco setting everything you enjoy here tastes just a little better. The interior is actually quite spectacular. The central room offers accommodation to quite of few people on two floors, yet the atmosphere is intimate, cozy and classy. Upstairs in the lounge you can enjoy special drinks from the cocktail bar and downstairs you can eat great food in the restaurant part and drink a nice glass of wine or get something to eat on the terrace. Up to you!
The architectural base is a white steel structure around an open central square. A large dome creates the perfect light, bright, clean and smooth base nicely balanced with cozy decoration. Pattern tiles on the floor, wooden materials and leather furniture create relief and softness. During the day, the atmosphere is relaxed and clear and in the evening this feeling is replaced by romance and a sparkling, trendy vibe.
Creative, tasty no nonsense dishes
Les Chouettes is open daily for lunch and dinner, and on Sundays for brunch. For many Parisians, this seems to be the perfect way to relax after a night out on Saturday. Although the brunch menu looks very inviting, we decide to explore the city during the day and wait until dinner to sit down and relax. We arrive around 7pm, which turned out to be a great idea. This way we can see the fresh daily atmosphere evolve into the bustling nightly atmosphere.
There is no fixed chef’s menu at Les Chouettes, but you can choose from around five à la carte dishes per course. The menu is original and attractive. While we try to choose we already enjoy a delicious cocktail.
We share three starters to be able to taste the chef’s different styles. First, we pick the dish that is the nicest according to the staff, gazpacho of tomato and raspberry finished with salted meringue, which is indeed very pretty.
The octopus carpaccio with watercress French puree and lemon condiment is our second starter.
As third starter we taste the Thai beef tataki with spring onions and fennel.
Something nice from the sea
We continue by choosing two main courses with sea products. We try the confit cuttlefish with olive oil, hummus and ‘barigoule’ condiments. The latter is a traditional Provencal preparation based on artichoke, cauliflower, carrot and white wine.
Our other dish is a nice piece of cod, steamed together with herbs on 56°C to make sure the texture is just perfect, soft, but yet firm. Bread crumbs and pumpkin complete this dish.
Cheese, cherry and chocolate
Both a savory and a sweet dessert have their charm, so we order both options from the menu. The sweet dessert is a combination of pistachio and cherry entremets with dark chocolate and cherry ice cream.
Since we are in France, we definitely want to try the cheese platter, so that is the savory dessert.
In short, Les Chouettes is an authentic ‘brasserie’ with a beautiful interior, nice dishes and a cozy, trendy setting. The service is also of high quality: correct, friendly and a little brisk. You can immediately feel that the profession of waiter is a true métier in Paris, also at Les Chouettes. We combined our dinner with an overnight stay at Hotel du Petit Moulin, which is located only a few hundred meters from the restaurant. Read our hotel experience here.