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FASHION SCENE: Parisian hipsters have a new spot: Beaucoup. Located in the upper Marais, a stone’s throw from hip cocktail bar and taqueria Candelaria and concept store Merci. Its founders, Julien Fouin, 42, and Ludovic Dardenay, 36, also behind Glou and Jaja restaurants, wanted to pay homage to the concept store: “Merci beaucoup!” Fouin says with a smile.
The restaurant was also named Beaucoup (meaning “a lot”) to underline its size: the 2,700-square-foot restaurant is airy and bright with big windows.
“We were very inspired by the restaurant Roka in London and spots we like in Berlin,” Fouin explained.
Along a long brass counter, diners sip cocktails and are served tapas. It’s also possible to eat along communal tables in light-colored wood or around a grill while watching the chef at work.
Beaucoup’s menu offers plenty of options, including marinated gambas with cumbawa and coconut milk, bass with fennel and gorgonzola ravioli. For dessert, there’s crumble or pavlova with a meringue base. Dinner comes to around 52 euros ($69).
Upstairs is a little-known cocktail bar-speakeasy, called Le Démon (“Devil”), which opens at 8 p.m.
7 Rue Froissart, 75003
Open for lunch Monday-Saturday noon-2:30 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m. Cocktails and tapas start at 7 p.m. and dinner begins at 8 p.m.
— Laure Guilbault