4 Rue de Navarin | 75009 | Seafood | $$$
Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
The Belle Maison, at the so called SoPi area (South Pigalle) was a recommendation of Philippe Schleret, a Parisian friend from my Swiss Hotel School days and owner of the Hôtel de Londres, in the 8th. SoPi is a very up-and-coming neighborhood, full of restaurants, cafés and bars where once one would only find peep shows and live sex cabarés. We met there for dinner and had really good fish. Well, it is a fish restaurant after all, but how many times things can go wrong. At Belle Maison all dishes were carefully prepared. The taste and texture of each one was second-to-none. I had the tuna and he had the daily fish, a “merlun de ligne”. Suzy Karroum, another friend also had the merlun and loved it. We had a wonderful light Bourgogne to accompany (I still prefer red wine than white) and the desert was a gala closing ceremony of a Tarte Tatin with the most delicious homemade vanilla ice cream.