Where is it ?
4 Rue Petit
75019 PARIS 19ème
tel: 01 42 02 46 71
subway station "Laumière" on line 5
Situated in the 19th district of Paris, you can go there coming out of the cinemas as Mk2 Quai de Seine and Mk2 Quai de Loire are just nearby, surrounding the Bassin de la Villette. You can also come back from the Buttes Chaumont park, closer, or from the park of la Villette (where among many other cultural manifestations, you've got some outside cinema in summer, check the official website) or at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie or finally, after a cycling journey along the canal of Ourcq .
I took it for granted that you'd come there for dinner but you also can have luch there. Le Laumière is opened from 12:00 to 14:30 and 19:00 to 22:15 everyday except Sunday and Monday. Last time we got there with Liewen, Mr. Zaouri, the owner of the place, told us they were also offering a "tea room" service in the afternoon but we haven't tried it ... yet (good idea for the next days though )
What do we eat there ?
The food is mainly French kitchen, sophisticated one though. Le Laumière is famous for its seafood which is not exactly something on which I'm qualified to mark a place so you'd have to wait for other feedbacks on this point. Otherwise, regarding river fishes, I recommend strongly "Les Véritables Quenelles de Brochet Façon Louis XIV" (The true pike dumpling, the Louis XIV way) which are awesome. So is the "Corne d'Abondance de Légumes de Provence au Pistou", the vegetarian plate !
I used to be mostly a carnivorous and avec if it is not the only responsible for this change, Le Laumière really helped me to see (and taste) there was not only meat/ Nevertheless they do propose some nice recipes in that area as well
How much does it cost ?
When you see the standing of the place, you are nicely surprised by the prices. I know some here that we've brought there and will testify on that point
If you go for the menus and are reasonable with the wine ( ) your bill will be around 25~40€. Le Laumière currently offers a formula with starter, main course, desert and wine (a bottle for 2 persons) for 33€.
Who do we get to see there ?
The costumers are mostly regular ones, people from the area. Even if there are several touristic places around as mention earlier, tourists usually get back to more central places at night.
With the very good reputation of the restaurant, people get to come from farer places but they stay for most of them Parisian. Don't worry, we've brought some American friends there already and found that the waiters know their English
Why do we love this place ?
The owner, Eddy Zouari has done everything in a restaurant. He started has a cook in this place and continued his career in other places. He was the former head of La Coupole, a famous restaurant in Montparnasse area for 5 years and then decided to get back to his roots in the restaurant where he started. A nice story some would say but the point is that still today you've got the feeling that Eddy Zouari is doing everything in his restaurant. Not that this team isn't competent, far from that. The team in the restaurant is divided between "old school" waiters who are here since Liewen and I discovered the place some 5 years ago, and young ones, learning the job. And I'm sure this must be a great place to learn cause in Le Laumière you really feel great as a costumer. You are clearly not used to such a quality of service. This plus the room itself a bit in the old Parisian brasseries rococo style, really make you feel some decades ago when restaurants were not industries and the people serving you did care about the fact you went out of the restaurant happy or not cause they hoped to see you come back.
Let's say that we've discovered the place some years ago while we lived near it which is not the case today but Le Laumière stays among our first restaurant's names coming to our mind when we want to have a nice lunch outside
Oh! There is also the hotel "Le Laumière" but I've not tested it at all and as far as I know the restaurant looks independant regarding the hotel so be carefull regarding the comments on the net
Mindtrust, I promiss you I'll come back here before Tuesday with other names and I welcome all parisians here to share they favourite restaurants here as well.
By the way I've seen that another of my favourite restaurant, La Galoche d'Aurillac, has a new owner. Did someone get there since the change ? Cause apart from this one, you should avoid at all costs, restaurants in rue de Lappe which are totally the counter-examples of Le Laumière!! I remember some really hard nights after having tried some restaurants there I hope La Galoche d'Aurillac has not fallen in the dark side