One of my favorite things to do in Paris on the weekends is to pick a neighborhood and go on a long walk. Even if it is a neighborhood that I have spent a lot of time in, I always end up noticing things that I never have before, such as cute little shops and restaurants that are tucked away from the busy thoroughfares. A couple of weekends ago I was taking this kind of walk through the Marais and happened upon an adorable cantine, Plan B.
Plan B is a cozy little neighborhood spot, perfect for getting a bite to eat as you shop around the Marais. Chef Claudia, who has previously worked at Candelaria, opened the restaurant in July of this year. Although she has since left the shop to pursue other projects, this hip lunch spot has retained her touches and menus.
Plan B offers traditional French tartes, both savory and sweet as well as a variety of salads to go along with them. The focus is on fresh, organic ingredients that work together to promote your health and well-being. The food is vegetarian-friendly, offering only a single tarte with meat in it on the day I was there. To drink, there are a variety of organic sodas.
While there, we tried the menu combination of a tarte and salad. The tarte could be either sweet or savory, and although I was quite tempted by the pecan pie, I went with a broccoli-cheddar tarte and an eggplant and barley salad while my companion got the bacon cheddar tarte and the green bean salad. We started with the salads while we waited for the tartes to warm up. The salads were refreshing and very filling; I could have made a meal just out of the generous salad portion. The tartes were just as delicious and filling. All of the ingredients were simple and fresh. By the end of the meal, we were very content and full.
The majority of the food is prepared on site for that day, which is impressive as the restaurant is a small hole in the wall. Expect to get your food to-go; there are only a couple of seats against one wall. I’m glad to have stumbled upon this hidden spot and plan to return many times. If you are looking for a simple, delicious and fresh lunch, Plan B is the place to go.Plan B 32 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris Open Monday-Thursday 11am-6:30pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-8pm.