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Frenchie To Go

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March 19, 2015 / French / By
Anna

My introduction to this little restaurant was just over year ago. It came by way of a sandwich, passed to me in a plain brown wrapper after I’d just arrived in Paris from Rome on a rather bleak December late afternoon. It had been a long day and I hadn’t eaten much since breakfast, so yes, I was hungry.

 

This was a Pulled Pork Sandwich, courtesy of the restaurant pictured above: on the face of it, a deceptively simple little collage of ingredients. Bread - light, slightly sweet brioche - and winter greens, shredded beetroot flavoured with lemon juice and the pulled pork itself: shredded, smoked pork in a wonderful, smokey barbecue sauce. Oh my god! Did that sandwich ever hit the spot. And yes, I could have eaten another, if offered, but probably better for me, there was just the one. As the sandwich above was given to me as a takeaway….or more accurately, a taken-away, I never did actually get to visit the purveyors of the pulled pork on this occasion, but just recently, on another visit to Paris, the chance was just too good to miss.

 

Frenchie to Go is one of those tiny, hole-in-the-wall type places that is just about impossible to actually get into if you ever arrive at a common eating time; so try your luck, but breakfast, lunch and evening meal times are going to be tight, if you can physically get yourself inside. The Slightly Shorter of the two Junior Tall Guys (JTG #1) and I were lucky, even if he bagged the better seat while leaving me to do the ordering. Frenchie To Go is itself variously described on Google as a restaurant, a wine-bar and a café. It’s all of these, but none of them really do the ambience of the place true justice. Nor do the Google images, which show it empty - something it almost never is; it’s that popular. Of course, you can take away, but you’re missing something if you do. It’s the smells of the food being prepared in the open kitchen and the interesting diversity of the eat-in clientele.

Price-wise, it’s middle-ground; not exactly cheap, nor especially expensive. €11 for a sandwich? Well, yes, but this is so much more than just a sandwich! The menu is clearly displayed on a pavement blackboard and it’s best to decide what you’re going to order before you go in, because space in front of the counter is at a premium. As is seating inside - I think I counted 15 actual seats, but do not let that put you off! This place gets great reviews from fellow eaters and deservedly so. In fact, it’s so popular, that there’s even a side business - an in-house boutique -  selling the wine-glasses, the cups, the preserved meats used in the dishes and so on.

 

So, would I call Frenchie To Go a traditional French or even Parisan experience? Probably not, but as an example of the internationalised way that the chic young French are eating the globe right in the heart of their capital, it’s well worth a visit. And you could also checkout the more sophisticated evening restaurant - Frenchies - just across the road. Equally difficult to get a table at of course.

Frenchie To Go

Country: France

Province/State: Paris

City: Paris, 2nd Arrondissement

Address: 9 Rue Du Nil

Zip/Post Code: 75002

Location Tips: Near intersection of Rue Reaumur and Rue d'Aboukir

Phone: N/A

Website:http://www.frenchietogo.c...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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