Opened in late 2017, Le Maquis is a charming French Bistro created by French Chef Julien and his beautiful bride, Jasmin. A few minutes from Limmatplatz, pop in for a warm winter tea & homemade quiche during the day or book a fireside table for dinner to toast the New Year with friends.
An Idea is Born
History indeed meets the Future here with restaurant roots dating back to 1909 when Parisian Arthur Delcroix opened a traditional French restaurant, A la Pomponette. Now 5 generations later love led his great grandson to Zurich and lucky for us the family cuisines and kind-hearted hospitality came with him and are now serving delicious cuisines near Limmatplatz.
Food + Drink
Interweaving French classics with modern twists and a melting pot of Kitchen Chefs spicing and sizzling influences from different parts of the world you can be sure to indulge, enjoy and save room for dessert!
The team personally selects all meats and ingredients from producers they know and trust. Meats come from locally known Swiss & French farmers and even the coffee is local. They aim to work with small, family style producers and focus on keeping the menu small to ensure everything created can be fresh, homemade and seasonal.
On the winter night when streets were white with snow, a smokey fish paprika spice soup warmed us up. Paired with goat-cheese profiteroles and toasty-warm bread, the night was off to a delicious start!
For the main course, a lamb marinated for 7-hours wrapped in a rosemary topped phyllo lay on top warming sweet potatoes and winter veggies was served along with a locally-sourced Swiss pork and colorful ratatouille.
While wine is usually the drink of choice, we visited on a night when a terrible sore throat was lingering and the waitress kindly suggested a tea, ‘Grog le Maquis’ she swore could do the trick. Oh so soothing and warm, we slowly slipped the magical mixture of honey, ginger, chili and a bit of whisky. It was so comforting we made it at home the whole next week (although not surpising, just couldn’t get it exactly as good as Le Maquis).
We are definitely going back again for the desserts and this time might order them first so we don’t get too full…Chocolate Fondant with Mint and Crème brûlée with Mandarin Liquor await us!
With Parisian tables and Bistro chairs the French influence is obvious but if you look further, you’ll be taken on a journey you didn’t realize awaited. The team cleverly integrated items from years past many of which were discovered at the Chef’s great grandmothers house in Montmartre. A hand-painted menu from pre World War I, old coffee grinders, rustic pots & pans and ancient photos line the walls. Go ahead – ask the friendly English speaking bartender to give you a tour and imagine yourself in the wonders of historic romances, family feuds and laughter of stories that could be told if only the walls could talk.
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Stay tuned for the Sunday Brunch launching in January!