Ratapoli du Faubourg, Paris


Every time we travel I do try and find a restaurant that specializes in fish.  Ratapoli du Faubourg is that place.  Many of the restaurants in Paris we have been going to of late as in the 10th.  Still affordable rent.  The menu consists of a mixture of small plates so you can choose how many you want.  We opted to split a handful of them.  We sat in the back and Fred watched the chef prepare the meals coming out of the kitchen.  Quite good.  I’d go back here anytime.


They started us off with a small bowl of a beet horseradish pate with a savory whipped cream.  Wow.


Oysters from Normandy had been delivered that morning.  They are always out of this world.  Plump and briny.  Just like we like them.


Raw scallops topped with half of a black grape crushed nuts, greens and a hint of lemon.

foie gras

Foie gras is always a must in Paris.  This was served with a berry jelly on the side.


Slices of octopus over a bed of thinly sliced fennel and celery.  Nice and refreshing.


Razor clams that might have been the best I have ever had them.  Roasted and sweet.


A roasted white fish served with bok choy.


We watched this dessert come out of the kitchen and decided we had to try it ourselves.  Woah.  A scoop of chocolate mousse with a piece of a light brownie cake.  Dollops of whipped cream on the side all topped with hazelnuts.  Out of this world.

Loved this place.  All the waiters wore blue and white sailor shirts too.  Super simple with plenty to choose from.

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    On my list for my next trip.Remember what wine you drank with this? I love drinking wine in Paris–crazy diverse and I’m constantly running into stuff I simply didn’t know.NY is the best city in the world from a diversity of wine lists. Paris is different, deep in a different way with lots of natural wine.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Not a huge fan of the natural wine but it is definitely everywhere in Paris

      1. awaldstein

        I bet you drink some that you love and it simply isn’t thought of that way. From the Jura I”m certain.Basically it is simply Organic in the vineyard and nothing added during the process except some SO2 at times during bottling.There’s crap and there’s great stuff like in all categories.

  2. Mario Cantin

    Oysters look sumptuous! I’m gonna have to get ‘me-self’ some from Pusateri’s (in Toronto) tomorrow.

  3. Steven Kane

    so i check your blog for restaurant recommendations. where do *you* go to find restaurants?

    1. Gotham Gal

      everywhere. local blogs mostly.

      1. Steven Kane

        just start with a search engine and see what you find? even i can do that! 🙂

        1. Gotham Gal

          ha. yes you can!

  4. AG

    Would love a post about your favorite places to get food and/or drinks in the city these days.