When you’re welcomed by two smiley hostesses, a Bugatti cutlery, Bernardaud plates, and Baccarat glasses, you know that you’re here for a treat. Beefbar Paris, a classy restaurant serving casual street food, has lately been the talk of the town in Paris. It’s upscale and famous so why not give it a try. Arriving in Paris at eight, we booked a table at ten for an exciting dinner... I honestly wished that I didn’t!
The restaurant is well lit, made of expensive marble, impressive luminaire, a ceiling painted in black and some greenery to add a touch of style. Walls painted in white, a thick black carpet, and reflective black tables. It feels bizarre at first to discover a restaurant that’s so classy, reading reviews of street food being served and finding a 3.4/5 rating on google maps; I was excited to try the food.
Tonight’s confirmation: Google maps never lies, when the grade is low, avoid the restaurant.
Service is slow! We’ve waited for long minutes before anyone approached us. The menu is divided into three sections: Street Food, the tasty meat, no-beef, and sides. Twenty choices of street food plates, three grilled beef fillets, three sautéed beef, Wagyu from Australia, black August prime from the states and the famous but expensive Kobe beef fed on grain for 900 days.
I loved the choices! Innovative creations are written in a sexy way making you want to order everything. There is Kobe beef everywhere, truffles, fat and butter, street food ideas, meat cuts from the four corners of the globe.
I read about the service; many mentioned how bad it is and I can confirm. Kind of impolite service, waiters work like machines, they don’t greet, they don’t explain, they don’t smile, and everything takes an eternity to reach the table.
- Signature mini beef burgers, truffle, chimichurri, and a secret sauce.
- Iconic truffle pizza with roquette, parmesan and truffle cream.
- Prime black Angus, Signature house steak with creamy mash.
- Milk-fed veal, center cut filet.
- Hand cut fries fried in Kobe beef butter.
- Kobe beef bacon purée.
- The pizza contains a load of black truffle, it’s juicy but unfortunately too chewy. It’s good but can be better if only the crust is lighter in body.
- The mini burgers are phenomenal! A super tender and fluffy bun, feeling like potato bread sliders embracing a butcher blend of Kobe and Angus beef combined. It’s so finger-licking good, the softest and fattiest patty I’ve ever tasted and it’s prepared the way I love it. Truffle and parmesan, what a combination! This is a Gourmet burger of excellence — the third one, with chimichurri, the sauce that has been created for burgers.
Forty-five minutes passed then came the meat platters. Dark colored, burnt, unappetizing chunks of meat served in a cast-iron casserole. No sauce, no juice, no life! The veal is overcooked, the prime Angus is dry and also overcooked. Fries are black, unpleasantly chewy and have a taste of burnt fat. A sauce is needed, everywhere. I didn’t finish my plates and didn’t enjoy dinner.
The fun part; trying to cut your meat in a plate that slides on the glass table. “When designers forget about the pleasant customer experience”.
Not worth it! Very expensive, below average food and extremely very bad service. I’m not sure why the 3,4/5 on google maps; they don’t even deserve this grade. Paying 70€/person for such an experience can be called stealing. A restaurant to avoid.