Diary: Let's Do Lunch - The Bouquinistes

Reviewed by Nadine Lang, Head of Johnson King France.

How do you organise a business lunch along the banks of the Seine, with quality food at an affordable price?

The Bookinistes (or Bouquinistes in its more recent Francophile version), the restaurant-bistro run by well-known French chef Guy Savoy, is the ideal place to start. Close to a number of publishing houses, it provides a modern, minimalist setting in which to do business. It can seem a little cold at first, but the clear-coloured walls are dressed with large mirrors that reflect the light of the bay windows, and the tables are well spaced out, a luxury not always afforded in Parisian restaurants.

The restaurant offers a modern and inventive menu and the service is efficient and friendly, without being intrusive.The set-lunch menu comprises a starter, main course and dessert selected from the carte accompanied by a glass of wine and coffee. The well-chosen wine list is comprehensive and for the most part prices range from 30 to 50 euros a bottle.

The creme de concombre (cucumber) is perfectly married with a touch of mint and feta, all subtly complemented by an olive fougasse, followed by coalfish and steamed vegetables. The balanced portions mean that dessert can be ordered without feeling guilty and the banana creme brulee is the overwhelming favourite.

Where: 53 quai Grands Augustins, Paris

Contact: 00 33 1 43 25 45 94

How much: Set lunch around £18.50

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