One of the best addresses in Paris, Le Grand Bain is the brainchild of Chef Edward Delling-Williams of the former Au Passage, bringing an enticing menu of refreshing recipes with a modern twist.
Here, in a winding street off the main intersection of bustling Belleville, this hipster restaurant perfects a tapas concept in a rustic decor. Wooden beams line the ceiling and updated sconces dot the walls for a cozy but minimalistic feel where the center of attention really are the tiny entreés that are bursting with flavor.
Their dainty dishes vary in price but average about 6–13€. Though most are vegetarian, there’s plenty of protein to pick from including lamb, pork, fish, veal, etc. in the ever-changing menu. Think tête de cochon (pig’s head) and épaule d’agneau (lamb shoulder). Their tapas concept means their plates are shareable but be warned—I’d say to prepare for the bill to escalate a little as you might need more than a few servings to fill up. In any case, I still recommend taking advantage of their delicious wine selection and picking a bottle of their best for the perfect pairing.
The vibe here is veritably young which perhaps ups the cool factor and is fitting for the grungy rock-and-roll neighborhood of Belleville. Twenty-something cooks work up a sweat in the half-open kitchen where you can see their artistic talent in action. Surrounded by graffiti-heavy walls, this little nook stands out for its authentic atmosphere and flavors where every bite you eat is always in season, delicious, and carefully thought out in an unwaveringly aesthetically pleasing presentation.
Reservations are strongly recommended.