With so many changes on the restaurant scene in Paris, it is often difficult to find a place serving traditional dishes. This summer we tested Chaumette, which has been owned and managed by Vincent Spirito for the past two years. We were truly impressed by Vincent’s devotion to tradition – both in terms of the restaurant’s decor and menu –Chaumette transports you back to 1930s Paris.
Upon entering the restaurant you will notice a stylish bar immediately to your right. If it was not for the computer sitting on the counter, you may not be sure what decade you are in. The tables are adorned with crisp, white linen, a beautiful complement to the room’s sculpted wooden decor. Nostalgic signs and photos adorn the walls and there are charming, romantic nooks for dining, as well as aligned tables for groups to enjoy a special meal together.
For our summer dinner, we dined on the enclosed terrace that had just opened for the season. Chef Etienne Guionnet provides a traditional menu with a few modern twists, plus daily fish specials. As there were four of us, we sampled a variety of dishes such as a foie de volaille (chicken liver) salad, melon and feta salad, sautéed mushrooms and artichoke with egg mimosa followed by a pot au feu, entrecôte, ris de veau (sweetbread) and veal-stuffed piquillos. Main courses are served with your choice of accompaniment. Although we thought we had no room for dessert, we shared an outstanding chocolate soufflé and fresh Gariguette strawberries served with a fennel confit and strawberry ice cream.
Vincent is also an excellent sommelier with extensive knowledge of the wine list. While discussing wine, we also talked about the food, of course. He told us that all dishes are made freshly onsite and that Chaumette is very responsible about food waste; leftovers are collected in a special bin to be recycled as fertilizer and more.
Vincent’s belief in tradition and quality make this restaurant a must if you are ever in the 16th. We know you will not be disappointed!
Lunch is served Tuesday-Friday from 12:00-14:00 and dinner is served from Tuesday-Saturday from 20:00-22:30.
7 rue Gros 75016 Paris
By Gail Boisclair – Gail is a transplanted Canadian who fell in love with Montmartre and has been living there since 2001. She is the founder of Perfectly Paris (www.perfectlyparis.com), a furnished apartment rental company specialising in Montmartre and the surrounding area.