A Cafe with Soul, Paris Edition by

Issue 49 · Haute Holiday · December 6, 2012

A Cafe with Soul, Paris Edition

Issue 49 · Haute Holiday · December 6, 2012

After surveying the treats at Ten Belles a few weeks ago, we were naturally curious about its sister restaurant. Le Bal Café, we're happy to report, does not disappoint.

Owned by Ten Belles chefs and partners Alice Quillet and Anna Trattles, as well as Anselme Blayney, Le Bal Café possesses a similar mix of edited yet eclectic modern design, paired with fresh, down-home cooking. The menu is neo-British, featuring delights such as Patates Douces, Oignons Rouges, and Pickled Walnut, a combination of warm roasted sweet potatoes and red onions tossed with pickled walnuts. Complementing the robust fare, the largely black and white design scheme, which is subtly peppered with mid-century finds, has a cool, contemporary vibe.

Housed on the ground floor of the building designed by Agence Search, Le Bal Café is part of LE BAL, an independent venue dedicated to documentary photography.

Le Bal Cafe menu

Above: Illuminated by striking pendants by Mattias Stahlbom, the café's menu, posted on a blackboard-painted wall, lists daily specials and drinks. Image courtesy of Lost in Cheeseland.

Le Bal Cafe

Above: In the dining area, vintage Jacobsen chairs and mid-century lighting found at a Paris flea flank tables from a Dutch flea market. Patrons may also choose to dine at the bar on stools from Substance.

crumble at Le Bal Cafe

Above: A yummy-looking crumble is presented on a vintage plate, found at a garage sale. Image courtesy of Lost in Cheeseland.

Th eterrace at Le Bal Cafe

Above: Accommodating more diners on fair days, the terrace features chairs from Swedish designers Mass Productions; the tables are by Fermob.

a mini exhibit at Le Bal Cafe

Above: Much like the galleries above, Le Bal Café also features a rotating exhibition of photos.

Le Bal Cafe hooks by Lost in Cheeseland

Above: Under the black board menu, hooks from Muuto are by Lars Tornoe. Image courtesy of Lost in Cheeseland.

Le Bal Cafe brunch

Above: More mismatched vintage platters serve up the offerings at Sunday Brunch.

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