Polidor, Paris (5th)

Posted on April 8, 2010


An ex colleague has recently moved within Paris and is now by Cluny la Sorbonne, in the 5th arrondissement. I am delighted as I don’t know this area very well. I (wrongly) associate the fifth with St Michel, hoards of tourists and fan restaurants, but there is so much more.

We tried to go to Brasserie Balzar, a favourite with locals and tourists alike with wonderful food and abrupt waiters, but alas with no reservation at 1pm on a Thursday, we were turned away. So we went around the corner to another place that he knew: Restaurant Polidor.

Restaurant Polidor has been around since 1845 and I can’t imagine it having changed much. It is a big airy room (that until a few years ago would have been filled with smoke) with the traditional wooden tables and chairs packed in. When it is busy you are placed on tables with other people, very cosy.

It’s a quick turnaround restaurant with mains between 11-17euros. They serve french classics such as Toulouse sausage, blanquette de veau, boeuf bourguignon and steak tartare. The desserts are similarly french, with huge portions of tarte tartin, fondant au chocolate, tarte au citron and baba au rhum.

It’s a great place to go, especially if you are visiting Paris, for a good meal between sights. The food is home made and hearty and not in any way fancy.


Polidor: 41 Rue Monsieur le Prince,75006 Paris; +33 1 43 26 95 34; www.polidor.com