Lunch at Ellsworth

I am not dead. Although I’m not very much alive either… Still recovering from illness and exhaustion. But I am very sorry to see how the intense Oxford student life has led me to neglect a blog that I absolutely love writing.

However, I am on “holiday” at the moment, and can finally sit down to share some content with you. On top of that, I spent a few days in the place where I get most of my inspiration: Paris. I had the most beautiful weather which allowed me to take many photographs (I will upload this month so keep an eye over here !) and of course, I got to eat a lot. I went back to a few favourites, but also grabbed the opportunity to  try some places.

It was so exciting to discover places that have just opened, but also restaurants I didn’t get to try when I was still a parisienne. On the menu today, I present to you Ellsworth ! 1er arrondissement by the Palais Royal, it doesn’t get more central Paris than that. Yet, the name couldn’t be less French…  stepping in this small and elegant wooden restaurant to have a couple of French waiters bringing you an elegant fried chicken dish is wonderfully refreshing when you’re in one of the most touristy areas of the city of light. The audacity to match French elegance with American cheek is an absolute success in this cosy and discreet restaurant. With a delicious 20€ lunch menu (on week days), a soft light that hits the marble tables beautifully, and an unlimited supply of rustic bread, Ellsworth is sure to win your heart.


Their signature dish: a classic yet elevated fried chicken with a buttermilk sauce… The tastiest dishes are the simplest.

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As for the braised beef and mashed potatoes, let’s just say the potatoes were so silky I almost tucked myself underneath. And that beef was butter in my mouth.

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The highlight of this lunch was probably the dessert… A sweet potato cake on a bed of caramel, topped with chai spice ice cream and sweet potato crisps. Chic and comfort all in one bite.


Ellsworth truly is a unique restaurant which has made it to the top of my Paris recommendation list. (make sure you book your table!)

34 rue de Richelieu
75001 Paris
+33 1 42 60 59 66
Week day lunch menu: 2 courses 20€, 3 courses 26€
Dinner: 20-30€ per person