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Passionate about fine seasonal produce, Stéphane Jégo serves cuisine that is bursting with generosity and flavours. Dishes with quite some character! B...
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L'Ami Jean is a Parisian restaurant. Chef Stephane Jego, born in Britain, wanted to keep some of the BASQ identity ue of the restaurant when he resumed teaching in 2002, and made ​​it one of the jewels of the trend of the gastro-bistro capital. Trained by Yves Camdeborde to Regalade in the 90s, Stephan started to stand on its own feet ten years later to provide insider unique culinary experiences, sincere and renewed. Because the constant questioning is his credo. Around a cohesive team, it offers exceptional products through recipes (re) invented daily, always claiming a special relationship with many producers. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday.
US$12 - US$36
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
French, European, Gastropub
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 26 March 2020

Had a very good dinner in early March 2020. I chose the seven course degustation menu which was around 75 Euros. I had two glasses of red Irouleguy wine from the Basque region which is almost impossible to find on wine lists. Only one of...the dishes didn't really sing. Some of the more memorable dishes were as follows: Creamy parmesan soup with toasted croutons and herbs. Sauteed quail breast and chunks of lamb with French green lentils,chunks of some feta type of cheese sauteed and a veal jus. Steamed cod with a risotto style dish made with some old wheat variety. Vegetable jus,herb butter,carrots and pistachios. Braised veal cheek and sauteed sweet breads served with turnips,carrots, mashed potatoes and a veal stock/red wine reduction Their excellent rice pudding (thick and rich) with a salted caramel sauce and served with a wedge of Gateau Basque ( a double crusted tart of sorts filled with pastry cream and dark preserved cherries). Yes, the service can be brusque. Yes the owner/chef Jean is a bit theatrical and even maybe over the top but he delivers. The only negative to the whole evening was the fact that they charged me 4.50 euro each for two bottles of house filtered water. I ate at eleven restaurants of this caliber during this visit. Virtually all of them served water in carafes that had engraved on them what type of filtration system had been used to filter the water. I think pushing this type of water choice is better that offering glass bottled or plastic bottled water. No where other than L'Ami Jean was I charged for filtered tap water. I believe the common understanding at French restaurants is that tap water is free. All said a very good experience. Just be warned you will pay for tap water.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 6 March 2020

I was recommended to go here, and it was not a disappointment. Quite small but cozy. Wooden tables, and discrete table setting. The first thing you notice is the lovely smell since it is a small restaurant. The service is really fast, but not in...stressful way. Even though the menu is in french, the waiters are happy to translate it for you. I had a really nice terrine with some nice bread for a starter. Perhaps a bit overwhelming size of the portion. For entre I had some lovely veal cheek that had been braised for 7 hrs. Served with a nice mashed potato. The dessert was really something extra. I nice rice porridge with caramel/nougat cream in the bottom and some toasted nuts. Great wine list with a good price range. You can really feel the passion in this restaurant. Especially from the eccentric chef. When the plates are ready to be picked up by the waiters, they will know since the chef hits the bell many many times haha. The whole dinner was over in 1,5 hour, so maybe it went a little to fast, but they are only open from 7-11 so I understand that. I will definitely come back here!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 1 March 2020

The location is relatively small (about 30 seats) and feels like a local neighborhood favorite. Some patrons were clearly regulars. The interior decor was comfortable and straightforward. The kitchen is open to the dining area so that you can see and hear the preparation. The...service was attentive. The food was very good - we wish we had been more hungry and able to sample more items. We plan on returning the next time we visit Paris.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 21 February 2020 via mobile

L’Ami Jean ( the friend Jean)is a very unfriendly place. We were”greeted” by a man who seemed to be asking what are you doing here! We had to say we had a reservation. He then took our coats and told us to “follow that person”..once...seated, the same guy came to table..I had not taken the glasses out of my pocket, nor had settled, and he was already asking questions about water,drinks I felt extremely rushed,and gave up trying to choose, and went with his recommendation when I finished the entree, he came back to clear the plate, I asked him what were some of the components of the dish, he was not interested in explaining and said did not know on English. That was the last time we saw him..we never got the water refilled, and we could not ask for another glass of wine..the food was brought by someone else, and set in front of us without any explanation. Since my husband and I had similar looking dishes, I’m not sure if we ate what we ordered. Dessert was never offered. So, I got up and pushed the table out to be able to leave, and another server came in help, and I let him know we had no service whatsoever. The place is very loud, smoky,stressful. The man in the kitchen, I believe he plates the dishes, screams, and observing him, I thought he was going to have a heart attack. The food is well prepared,but nothing special, therefore expensive considering the whole picture.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 20 February 2020

Very good. Les couteaux: exceptional. Le lapin: just ok. But do not seat next to the chef as he is a mad man with his crew. Very loud and nasty.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 30 January 2020

I come to Paris every year for the past 12 years...how did I not know about this restaurant? Ate here last night, (January 2020) and it was fabulous. Started with a bottle of champagne, pate and bread. I could have made a meal right there...but of course continued. Next we had the beef shoulder which was cooked for 7 hours. Meat was extremely tender. Dessert was fresh made rice pudding and creme brulee, both fantastic. Staff speaks English, extremely helpful, good jokers with customers, friendly vibe. We are going back for lunch!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 29 January 2020

I've wanted to come here forever and my high expectations were exceeded. This was an excellent meal. Loved the feel of the dining room. Each dish was so flavorful and creative. Finishing with the signature rice pudding was heaven! Excellent wine selection too. Can't wait...to return.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 22 January 2020

My wife and I have eaten at L'Ami Jean several times, most recently in early January. The restaurant is friendly, warm and welcoming. The staff is attentive and has a great sense of humor. The food is excellent. But the main attraction is the riz...au last (rice pudding).More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 15 January 2020

A busy place overrated, not a single smile or welcoming attitude. Everything was served with an unusual speed we got the impression that they wanted to free the table for incoming clients Terrine was good, meat ok , grilled fish was not cooked well, raw...at the bottom. The place needs to be renewed , less old fashion pots , hanging garlic, junk looking ornaments Why don’t they go back to the old time when they really paid attention to all details inside and outside the dish?More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 3 January 2020 via mobile

Great meal, great service by Mario and his team, great fun! ! Parmigian soup, and the rice pudding to die for as always. Highly recommended!!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Response from 665andrewf | Reviewed this property |
3 weeks - and we had to take a late booking (sorry for the late reply)
Lynn W
26 June 2018|
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Response from WynaPret | Reviewed this property |
Keep checking the online reservations. Make yours as soon as the date becomes available. It is EXTREMELY popular. Also, the parmesan soup which used to be on their menu and which was a crowd favourite is not on the menu... More
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I dont know, I only drink wine!
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    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4