Paris: Racines

Chef Simone Tondo’s delicious home cooking at Racine’s feels like your are eating in your friend’s country kitchen, where everything is served generously with love straight from the stove to the table.

There’s nothing better than a good come back story – other than a great come back story written by someone loved and respected in our industry as an incredible chef and the nicest person you could ever hope to call family. After a brief hiatus, Tondo is back in the kitchen.

He is clearly at home here, and we are too.

Locals and visitors alike squeeze in to gather around the table to order everything on the a la carte menu, served & shared family-style.

Invite a group of friends, trust Stephanie with your (natural) wine choice and relax with great food & wine paired with camaraderie, laughter and warm friendly service.

In a world where we are constantly distracted from all the shiny new objects on the food scene, especially in the 11th, places with this much heart & soul in another part of Paris are hard to come by.

Insider Tip:

It is open on Monday, when most other restaurants are closed.
Reserve the pretty covered terrace seats (2-4 ppl max) in pretty weather.

What to Order:

Everything. Just order it all and share.
Menus change with the seasons and availability of fresh product.
For example: Starters of cured fennel sausage, Burrata (you haven't lived until you've heard Tondo pronounce Burrrrr-a-taaaa in Italian), gently seared scallops & translucent langoustine on a bed of pureed potatoes studded with tangy little beads of Sardinian lemon pulp that pop in your mouth, glorious penne-sausage ragu, and the crowning glory.... the outrageous fried pork chop Milanese-style showered with flour de sel crystals and a squeeze of zingy lemon.

Getting In:

Call for reservations as early as you can. Try calling an hour before/after lunch/dinner service, and have no fear, English is spoken.

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.