Paris-Opera and Les Halles
May 11, 2018
Lazare harks back to an older age, to the days of the classic Parisian railway brasserie. The handsome space, with its oversized chalkboards, black-and-white floor tiles, exposed ducts and vents, newspaper-style menus, and a stylish central bar is very evocative without being kitsch. Michelin starred chef Eric Frechon is at the pass so expect some seriously good food in the dining room. If you’re just looking for a drink and a snack then you’ll want to check out the no reservations bar (you’ll definitely need to book for a table in the main room). The drinks menu includes a selection of classic French aperitifs and digestives, everything from Cognac to Champagne. There’s also a very good range of French wines and the prices are not too steep. The place is a great all day spot, open from 7:30am for breakfast – fresh squeezed OJ, coffees and butter croissants – until midnight. There’s a daily changing blue plate special and a full a la carte menu on offer. The cooking is classic but with inventive touché: think tender pork belly, light smoked salmon blinis, escargots, steak tartare and duck foie gras pot-au-feu with lentils. It’s at its best in the mornings and afternoons, when it’s slightly busy and buzzy and you can linger over your drink and enjoy an imaginative journey into the romantic railway days of the past.