Order Food like a Frenchy in Paris

Updated: Nov 17, 2021



Best Parisian Hidden Bistro Provencal, 8 mns walk from the Place des Vosges.

CHEZ JANOU – 2, rue Roger Verlomme – 75003 (Marais, Rive droite)

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“J’adore l’atmosphère de ce resto!”

(I love the vibe of this restaurant)

They don’t have an English menu, but the staff speaks English and can translate for you if you have questions.

In Paris and France, always ask for “le menu du Jour” (the menu of the day)

It is always fresher as served only on that day, and it turns out to always be more economical (around 18/24 euros per restaurant) and you get:

  1. Une entrée (appetizer)

  2. Un plat principal (main course)

  3. Un dessert

To ask about their “menu du jour”, you will say:

“Quel est le menu du jour, aujourd’hui?”

(what is the menu of the day, today?)

Ordering drinks in French

If you are not sure which wine to get, always ask for the house wine. It better be good, believe me, otherwise the restaurant would have been closed by now as the French know their wine! Plus, the house wine is always a better price for a sure good taste.

“Je voudrais le vin de la maison, s’il vous plait.”

(I would like the house wine, please.)

  1. un café — Coffee

  2. un thé — Tea

  3. une bière — Beer

  4. de l’eau — Water

  5. du vin — Wine


Ordering your meal in French

Now that you’ve successfully ordered drinks, it’s time to order that food. Here are some phrases that will help throughout the rest of your meal:

  1. Je voudrais I would like

  2. Je prendrai I will take

  3. Je n’ai pas choisi I haven’t chosen

  4. Une minute encore, s’il vous plaît One more minute, please

  5. Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez ? What would you recommend?

  6. Quelle est la spécialité du jour ? What is today’s special?

  7. If you order a steak, your waiter will ask you Quelle cuisson ?(How would you like your meat cooked?)

  8. Rosé — Rare

  9. À point — Medium

  10. Bien cuit — Well done

  11. C’est terminé I/We have finished

  12. L’addition, s’il vous plaît The bill, please


Now, if you go to Chez Janou (say shay Janoo), you Must try the goat cheese salad (salade au fromage de chevre) or the steak with scalloped potatoes ( ou le steak aux patates – gratin dauphinois). To order, say:


“Je voudrais la salade au fromage de chèvre et le steak aux patates,

s’il vous plait.”