Paris: L’Ami Jean

Stéphane Jego’s unconventional high-energy restaurant by the Eiffel Tower is a perennial favorite for its gut-busting portions of nose-to-tail comfort food. Wear your fat pants. Jego’s mission is to feed you like nobody’s business…and you can’t say no to the rice pudding.

You’ll see Jego standing at the pass in the open kitchen, intensely studying while he plates courses. 300% of his physical, emotional, and mental energy in invested so that no two dishes are ever the same, changing it as it goes, constantly in the moment of evaluating what can be better. Then, WHAM! All of a sudden, he’s screaming across the restaurant to his servers to come get the hot plates to your table.

Depending upon the season and his inspiration you’ll have a progressive meal of charcuterie, vegetables, fish, pork, lamb, beef and wild game. He uses the whole animal and doesn’t waste a thing.

The result is deep rich flavors with varying textures on the same plate: cooked/raw, soft/crunchy, earthy & bright.

The wine list is a combo of classic and natural.

Insider Tip:

The press keeps referring to Jego as Basque, he is from Brittany. The establishment was formerly a Basque restaurant.

What to Order:

If the menu choices are overwhelming, do what most folks do and just have the chef cook for you.

Signature dishes: Parmesan soup poured over bacon bits, onion, chive and crunchy croutons / His grandmother's rich beef & carrot stew / Puréed butter potatoes / His mother's rice pudding topped with candied pralines.

Seasonal favs this year: Quail breast, risoni pasta, gandillas and fried onions / Seared foie gras in a smoked eel bouillon / Smoked hay-roasted lamb

Getting In:

Call in advance or reserve on line.

What to know before you go:

Jego YELLS throughout the restaurant for his servers to come get the hot plates. He isn’t treating them. It is part of the fast-paced ambiance.

Great for groups – not a romantic date

Don’t get dressed up

Not for dieters, picky eaters or vegetarians

Leave the sports coat at home and wear your fat pants. Jego’s mission is to feed you like nobody’s business…and you can’t say no to the rice pudding dessert.

Respect Your Reservation:

Confirm your booking the day of or in case you need to cancel, do so in advance.

If they don’t hear from you or if you don’t show up, not only do they lose business, they deny others who want to dine.

If you don’t confirm your table, they cannot guarantee your booking, and fifteen minutes after the time of your booking, the table can be replaced.

L’Ami Jean

L’Ami Jean