A Cosy Lunch Chez Lou Lou


Those warm Indian-summer days of late September and October have slowly dissolved away. The days are shorter, the Parisian chill has set in and I am now into my eight month of pregnancy – time is flying! It’s no surprise as we head into November, as I tip-toe over puddles and make a dash from the pouring rain, I’m craving cosy places and heart-warming food.

I love Saturday lunch time in Paris, more so than dinner. There’s always a relaxed, buzzy, atmosphere in town. I love watching the style come and go and the feeling of the entire weekend lying ahead…an afternoon to just wander, have another coffee or two, go to an expo or venture where the mood takes you…

Lou Lou is my new favourite Saturday lunch time place to go! A recent discovery, I stumbled upon walking through Les Jardins des Tuilleries on a chilly Saturday morning! Set inside the beautiful musée des arts décoratifs with stunning views overlooking the Palais de Louvre…it was simply love at first site as soon as I stepped inside…




Grabbing my attention on entry is the grand atmosphere that flows from the museum bursting through the gold doors of the restaurant and spilling over the two floors inside. The décor and design by Joseph Dirand give that attention to detail that oozes originality…I love the soft velvet furnishings, chairs you can sink into for hours, funky lighting and the eye-catching gold accents that bring LouLou to life…




Décor and first impressions aside, let’s get to the important stuff…the food!  At first glance, I love where the menu is taking me!  Filled with classic seasonal recipes inspired by the French & Italian Riveria! To my heart and taste buds` delight, I’m so happy to find some of the dishes we experienced in Sicily; melanzane alla parmigiana! Spaghetti alle vongole! Zucchini fritters! Is that fresh focaccia?! I want to try everything! All the appetisers…work my way through the starters, onto the fresh seasonal pastas…a fish on my dish, and then a little espresso and dessert….






The warm focaccia bread, drizzled with fresh olive oil brought to the table followed by great tasting starters, fresh plates of pasta sprinkled with parmigiano brought back all those flavours from Sicily and tasting just as good as from the Sicilian kitchen!


From my table on the second floor, I can see the retro bar in the background, the iconic views of Le Palais de Louvre (making it too easy to linger for hours) and I also love the hand-sketched portraits of ‘LouLou’ by designer Charles de Castelbajac  printed on the menus and table-cloths – adding a little bit of playful poetry to the setting!


After a second espresso, I feel ready to walk off lunch, stroll into les jardins des tuileries, soak up the Saturday atmosphere in Paris and see where the day takes me…




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