Paris: The Clown Bar

Don’t laugh at the name, Sven Chartier & Ewen Lemoigne’s Clown Bar is one of the most sought after addresses in town for the inventive sharing plates and natural wine list. Chef Sota HAS left to open his own place, but he’s still family here, don’t let it keep you from going.

Why the name? This historic property was once the canteen for clowns who worked the circus next door.

Chef Atsumi Sota recently turned the kitchen over to Axel Gallart (ex-Saturne/their sister resto), in order to open his own restaurant this summer BUT he is still very much a cherished part of the family … and most importantly, Axel’s execution of the menu is nothing short of extraordinary.

Insider Tip:

Seats aren't automatically available just because they are "bar" seats. Reservations are hard to come by and even the bar seats are reserved.

What to Order:

The a la carte menu is to encourage diners to relax and linger, by sharing about 4-6 plates (on average). The inventive menu options are brilliant. So brilliant in fact, that they've managed to make eating veal brains cool, and true to “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, most chefs have copied the duck foie gras pithiviers for their own menu.

Duck foie gras brioche "pithivers" / Caramelized pork belly crepe dusted with poutargue / Poached veal brains in ponzu sauce / Langoustine beignets / Beef tartare, smoked Burrata, pine nuts / Squid ink sardine beignets

Getting In:

Sundays can be a tough "get" - Industry people are there socialising on their night off and they’re not leaving any time soon.

Try calling an hour or two before/after meal hours - during peak times they are hustling tables and can't answer.

What to know before you reserve:

Although there are veal brains on the menu, it would be a shame to let that scare you away from a potentially great experience here. There are a LOT of other delicious things to choose from.

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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.

The Clown Bar

The Clown Bar