Courtesy Le 37

Gilles Tournadre, one of Normandy’s most famous chefs, not only cooks at his two-star restaurant Gill in Rouen, but he has also recognized the local trend towards easy-going and affordable dining by opening the nearby Le 37, a fashionable good-value bistrot, in partnership with his former second chef Sylvain Nouin. Recent highlights of their regularly changing menu included a tarte Tatin of beets and onions with mozzarella and smoked duck salad to start, and veal shoulder caramelized with spices and served with horseradish-spiked mashed potatoes.

Le 37 37 rue Saint Etienne des Tonneliers, Rouen. Menus €19–€24; à la carte €38. website

Prices are approximate, per person without wine.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of France Today


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Alexander Lobrano
Alexander Lobrano grew up in Connecticut, and lived in Boston, New York and London before moving to Paris, his home today, in 1986. He was European Correspondent for Gourmet magazine from 1999 until its closing, and has written about food and travel for Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the author of HUNGRY FOR PARIS, 2nd Edition (Random House, 4/2014), HUNGRY FOR FRANCE (Rizzoli, 4/2014), and MY PLACE AT THE TABLE, newly published in June 2021.