Mediterranean Warmth in the Marais
|The main dining room of La Tête Ailleurs.
On the quiet side of the Marais, between the Seine and the Rue Saint Antoine, the restaurant La Tête Ailleurs offers a cozy, warm setting for a candlelit dinner. Simple crystal chandeliers hang from a large skylight in the main dining room, and exposed stone walls are softened by comfortable (and well-spaced) seating, wall hangings and plenty of colorful cushions. While the place has a slightly trendy feel, the friendly, attentive service is completely lacking in the snottiness that often goes hand in hand with trendiness.
The shades of orange and olive green in the décor harmonize nicely with the Mediterranean offerings on the menu, with contributions from Italy, Spain and Provence. Among the appetizers, for example, are a delicious grilled eggplant roll stuffed with fromage frais; bruschetta with fresh sardines; cold avocado soup with fried gambas; and a plate of Serrano ham. Most of the first courses are served with generous arugula salads.
The three meat and three fish courses include lamb shoulder with lusciously creamy
The limited dessert list includes a spiced fruit soup; a soft chocolate cake served with
The restaurant’s youthful owner, Hugues Courage, ran a restaurant in Saint Tropez for seven years before opening the La Tête Ailleurs. The chef, Laurent Texier, knows how to select quality ingredients and prepare
We left feeling well-fed and well-cared-for, a high recommendation for any restaurant.
La Tête Ailleurs: 20 rue Beautreillis, 75004 Paris. Métro: Saint Paul or Bastille. Tel.:
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