Hidden on a quiet street between la rue Saint-André-des-Arts and the bustling Boulevard Saint-Germain, l’Epigramme had escaped my view…until now!


Hidden on a quiet street between la rue Saint-André-des-Arts and the bustling Boulevard Saint-Germainl’Epigramme had escaped my view…until now!

On the site of his former print shop, Sarkiss, an Armenian Turk expatriate from Istanbul (Parisian for 42 years) has installed a superb etoile-trained chef to turn out amazing creations in this 32 seat gem. Served by his lovely wife, Sylvie and their adorable daughter, Karen, you will feel instantly welcome.

Sanjay, my colleague and concierge extraordinaire shared this discovery over a lunch that began when Sarkiss poured himself and us a 2009 Bordeaux from Chateau Lespault-Martillac-the tinkle of glasses was a signal to eat.


For a starter, neither of could pass on the escargots mixed with a puree of nutmeg-scented potatoes and leeks. Creamy, silky and oh so delicious-I am practicing moderation at the table so the basket of bread was not in danger.


Sanjay rarely eats meat so he had a perfectly roasted cabillaud with a brick of potatoes. And no unnecessary sauce to compete with the natural flavor of the fish.



Not sharing his aversion to lamb and working on the theory that Armenians know lamb I was thrilled with the buttery lamb shoulder and rounds of sautéed potatoes.


So far, so good but I was blown away by the desserts-an apple tart in a flaky croissant-like pastry shell and French Toast bathed in a pistachio sauce that will put our American mothers out of business.


l’Epigramme L'Epigramme

9, rue de l’Esperon Paris 75006

Metro: Odéon Tel: 01 44 41 00 09

Closed Sunday and Monday

Luncheon Formules:

Entrée, Plat or Plat, Dessert 24 euros or Entrée, Plat, Dessert 28 euros

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