FIRST OPENED IN PARIS IN 1908, LE CHARDENOUX RESTAURANT IS ONE OF THE LAST TRUE PARISIAN BISTROTS IN EXISTENCE, IT IS A REAL HISTORICAL MONUMENT. THE CHARDENOUX FAMILY, FROM THE LOZERE REGION AND AFTER WHOM THE BISTROT IS NAMED, PURCHASED THE BUSINESS WHEN IT OPENED ON THE RUE JULES VALLÈS.
The bistrot offers first of all a panorama of Decorative Arts: the walls are dressed with mirrors, while the windows are adorned with engraved glass in order to give clients some privacy. Inside, a wood and glass half partition separates the bar from the inner room, a much quieter place which is set with tables and chairs. The spectacular bar is a marble mosaic, where fourteen different types of marble are skillfully molded and jig-sawed together.
The pewter on the bar dates from the post-war period as the original pewter was requisitioned by the German army to make ammunition. Everything evokes the setting of a place full of memories and life.
Cyril Lignac gives new pride of place to French food specialties, enhanced with his own modern touch. Produce comes from our regions, selected from the finest producers and craftsmen, depending on the season. The one watchword is respect, for tradition and products of the soil.
He gives new meaning to bistrot-style cooking, enjoyed by a tableful of friends, very simply in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere.
After his apprenticeship in his home region of the Aveyron, Chef Cyril Lignac joined the team run by the Chef Alain Passard at the Arpège restaurant in Paris in 2000. He continued to hone his skills with the greatest chefs around, including Pierre Hermé, Alain Ducasse at the Grande Cascade and the Pourcel brothers at the Jardin des Sens and Maison Blanche. It was working with them that he discovered the pleasure of improvisation and what it means to feel passionately about one’s craft.
In 2005, he opened his own gourmet restaurant, Le Quinzième in Paris, where the food is the ultimate in refinement and totally focused on the product. In 2008, he pushed the adventure one step further, taking over the Chardenoux bistro, these days listed as an historical monument. Here, he gives a new modern feel to country recipes which remind him very much of his early days in cooking, cuisine that smacks of sincerity and authenticity.
He decided to pass on his know-how to the public at large and in 2010 opened his Cuisine Attitude workshop. As the name suggests, this is a workshop of culinary creation at the heart of Paris which welcomes novices and proficient amateur chefs alike. In 2011, he is developing the cuisine of Le Chardenoux Bistro at a new venue steeped in history, the Claude Sainlouis, now renamed Le Chardenoux des Prés.
1, rue Jules Valles - 75011 Paris
Metro : line 9 Charonne et line 8
Buses : 86,76
Car porter: on the evening from tuesday
Reservations : 01 43 71 49 52
Open every day
Lunch from 12 noon to 2.30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 3.00 pm
Dinner from 7.00 to 11 pm
Lunch menu, from Monday to Friday, 27€
“A la carte”, around 50€
Accepted payment : Credit card / American Express