Mmmmm mousse au chocolat… devilish and delectable. My love this dessert is never-ending, and yet every time I reach the end of a tiny ramekin (standard French serving) I feel an irrational contempt for whoever decided that it was ok to serve such a miserly portion.
However, at Chez Janou they’ve really got the right idea. While waiting for dessert, I braced myself for the familiar feelings of disappointment to arrive with a ramekin dish. When the waitress reappeared with an enormous bowl of velvety chocolate heaven, I thought all my Christmases had come at once. As she spooned dollops of mousse into my dish, she casually said, “dis-moi stop!” - “tell me when!” I was thrilled with the no-fuss approach and practically euphoric after my first taste.
This bistrot provençal is a neighbourhood gem tucked away behind the Place des Vosges in the Marais. The al fresco terrace is just as charming and inviting as the traditional horseshoe bar inside, which it’s said to be stacked with over 80 different types of Pastis.
I’m delighted to join the ranks of rave reviews I’d read before dining at Chez Janou. The restaurant was abuzz with the approving moans of satiated diners mostly made up of locals. Even on a Tuesday night the place was packed to the rafters, so I’d suggest calling ahead to book a table.
Each inimitable dish was fresh and succulent – from the garlic mussels cooked au gratin to the duck breast doused in a fruity cassis sauce.
The photos speak for themselves; they are courtesy of SheRoxLox – a fellow food-loving blogger who also happens to be my very talented cousin. I’m hoping a flashback of these beauties will lure her back for another Parisian culinary visit.
Chez Janou - 2 rue Roger Verlomme 75003 Paris * Métro – Chemin Vert
Lunch menu for about €14 or à la carte €10-20
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