Reed is a small, charming restaurant in the 7th arrondissement getting rave reviews from diners “in the know.” In business only two years, Reed is owned and operated by Catherine Reed, a Canadian from Quebec City, who was a private chef for 17 years in Switzerland and France. Catherine is, in fact, the owner, chef, greeter, and server, and will ensure you are well taken care of. The restaurant is very cozy and only accommodates about 16 diners. It has an open kitchen concept, which is perfect for her cooking class that she hosts on Wednesdays (see details below).
The small menu is typically French, with Italian influences as well, and changes according to what is fresh at the market that day. Catherine prefers small, local producers, and on an evening in February, we enjoyed creamy broccoli soup, winter salad, risotto with roast pumpkin and ham, and beef bourguignon. Desserts were home-made as well, and so yummy…chocolate gateau, creamy raspberry pie, and apple tart tatin with vanilla ice cream.
Catherine’s cooking classes are taught in English on Wednesdays and feature seasonal ingredients and techniques cooks can use at home. After the hands on class, students sit down to enjoy their hard work with a glass of wine … or two! Reservations are required for the class and friends can join later for the lunch. The spring menu looks delicious!
Spring menu 2012
Asparagus with mousseline sauce
Free range chicken with morel sauce , mashed potatoes with herbs and tangy salad
Reed is located on 11 bis rue Amélie in the 7th arrondissement, jut off Rue St. Dominique and one block east of Rue Cler. Reservations are recommended for dinner and are required for the cooking class. Reed is open for dinner Tues-Friday (closed Sun & Mon). Email Catherine for reservations or more information: [email protected].
11 bis rue Amélie
01 45 55 88 40
Thank you to Mary Ann Grisham for this review for the Paris Perfect Blog!
Image credits: Reed by freddie boy, all other photos by author