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Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou
Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou - Société La Chartière - 9 & 11, rue de Lanneau 75005 Paris

History of the Coupe-Chou

Rédigé le Lundi 30 Janvier 2006 à 18:32 | Lu 52081 fois

History of the Coupe-Chou
Three actors, Francis Lemonnier, Francis Nani and Christian Azzopardi, decided to start a restaurant to welcome performers and spectators after evening shows. With patience and persistence, they acquired and restored premises, and on 3rd November 1962, the Coupe-Chou restaurant opened its doors for the first time. French and foreign stars mingled there, and it was always busy. The combination of evening opening and a great menu proved a success. With its Louis XIII charm, the Coupe-Chou became a meeting place for lovers. The adjoining building, 11 rue de Lanneau, was purchased in 1965. At that time, it was a truckers’ bar, called the “Puits Certain” (Certain’s Well). Two years of historical research and building work, and months of searching for antique furniture and ornaments, restored its original 17th century appearance. Today, the “Puits Certain” forms the main entrance to the Coupe-Chou.

The Coupe-Chou has continued to expand into neighbouring townhouses, which are linked by staircases and narrow corridors. It is an elegant restaurant, which opens discretely onto the narrow and picturesque rue de Lanneau, on the slope of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, near to the Collège de France, the Sorbonne and Place de la Contrescarpe. Paris townhouses of the old style, with their fascinating history, provide the setting.

With its round tables, stone chimney breast, and the muted colours of its stone paved floor, the Abbot Certain room welcomes you into a warm, 17th century atmosphere. Classical music transports you to a by-gone era. In a corner, stone steps descend to the cellars and the exquisite rest rooms, from where you can still hear the gentle music which accompanies you throughout your evening. A staircase with Louis XIII curved wooden balustrades takes you upstairs to a charming dining room with dark green walls where the original wood can still be seen. A few steps lead you to the Conciergerie, a room with deep, velvet armchairs, wing chairs and pedestal tables, where you can order and wait for your meal to be prepared while sipping an aperitif and nibbling warm, savoury pastries. You then come to the Barber’s Room, with its original hexagonal floor tiles, fireplace, beams and half timbering. Take three steps more, go through a doorway, and you are in the library, where places have been laid for dinner. Cross a dining room decorated with English engravings, where a fire burns merrily in the grate, and then go out into the winter garden.

History of the Coupe-Chou
Notre Dame, the Seine, Place de la Contrescarpe, the Latin Quarter, rue Mouffetard and the Panthéon bear witness to a past which the Coupe-Chou allows us to experience in an unforgettable evening. While the cellars were being restored, the owners discovered the remains of the Gallo-Roman city. These date from the time of Marcus Aurelius, 170 years after the birth of Christ, and include pipes for warm water and a Gallo-Roman swimming pool. They also found 12th century pottery, statuettes and plaques from the Middle Ages from rue Chartière and rue du Mont Saint-Hilaire (the old name for rue de Lanneau), where the word “Saint” had been chiselled away during the revolution. These plaques hang behind the Coupe-Chou bar today.

We can picture Henri IV coming to meet his mistress, the beautiful Gabrielle d’Estrée, opposite the Coupe-Chou. Or the 13th century barber who slit the throats of his best clients with a “coupe-chou” (the name of a type of razor, which literally means “cabbage-cutter”) and the pork butcher across the road who infamously made pâté out of the victims. In the 19th century, a shepherd lived on the fifth floor with his goats. He took them to Belleville every day, and the herd climbed the stairs which led to the shepherd’s room each evening.

History of the Coupe-Chou
A stone’s throw away from rue du Mont Saint-Hilaire, rue Jean de Beauvais and rue Chartière formed a square around the well sunk by Abbot Certain in 1572. Many of the townhouses unfortunately no longer exist, but the foundations of the well can still be seen on the second level of the Coupe-Chou’s cellars.

From the 14th century these back streets have been crowded with students from nearby colleges and universities such as the Sorbonne and Collège Coqueret, where Ronsard and Du Bellay, founding members of the Pléiade group of poets, studied. Up until 1880, rue Mont Saint Hilaire, a back street, boasted 14 bookshops. This street is now known as rue de Lanneau. In 1803, the “Puits Certain” restaurant (today the Coupe-Chou) became famous thanks to Monsieur Ducray-Duminil, a restaurant critic in the days before the Michelin guide, who wrote: “Monsieur Gauchois deserves to use altars for serving his ‘Puits Certain stuffed calves’ heads’.

History of the Coupe-Chou
His own head often spins from the multitude of orders, with which he is overwhelmed. In short, everything which comes from this modest and unremarkable eatery (on rue du Mont Saint-Hilaire), where he alone cooks and where he does the honours with a simplicity and a modesty worthy of the Ancien Régime, prove Monsieur Gauchois to be a most distinguished and consummate artist.” In this part of Paris’s 5th arrondissement, the labyrinthine back streets, the uneven paving and the tall houses with their bulging façades all recall the medieval city. You are at its very heart: Philippe Auguste’s wall, which circled Paris at the beginning of the 13th century, still stands at 3, rue Clovis, massive and covered with ivy.

1.Posté par Bridget Waldman le 13/03/2006 10:48
Is it possible to make a reservation on-line?Merci,Bridget Waldman

2.Posté par Bridget Waldman le 24/03/2006 20:05
Bonjour Coupe-Chou,Your restaurant was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Paris. My boyfriend and I celebrated his 30th birthday at your restaurant on our first day of our trip .. and let me please tell you .. the intimate service, traditional food, historic setting, plus the interesting and romantic atmosphere made the night even more special. Although we spent nearly two weeks eating in Paris .. your restaurant was by far the best! Merci,Bridget Waldman

3.Posté par Guy Whitehurst le 27/03/2006 00:55
I have heard your resturant is great. My question is do you have an english menu or servers who speak english. My french is not that good. I will be in Paris in September and plan to have dinner at your resturant. Can reservations be made on line and how much in advance should they be made or can my hotel make the reservations a day in advance. Mercy Guy Whitehurst.

4.Posté par John Waltrich le 09/02/2007 20:41
I hope to visit in April.

5.Posté par lambion david le 11/02/2007 16:35
J'ai découvert votre site tout à fait par hazard .Je trouve votre interieur magnifique.Je suis ferronnier ,peut être aurons nous l'occasion de travailler ensemble.

Bien à vous

6.Posté par Jonna Marie Gabriele le 07/03/2007 18:39
You will not be disappointed. We heard about this place through the grape vine. On our last evening in Paris, we ventured out to find it. What a extrodinary, pleasant surprise. Truely, an evening we will never forget - from begining to end our experience there was ... there are no words to describe it. I can only say, if you are looking for THE place to have a deliciously wonderful, relaxing and romantic time - Coupe-Chou is a must!

7.Posté par Lamberto Leyva le 06/04/2007 19:23
My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Paris and of all the restaurants we dined at yours was truly warm and authentic. Cuisine was excellent and wine list superb. Fond memories and we plan to return soon. Sr. Leyva
Diretor of Food Services
La Fonda Hotel
100 E. San Francisco St
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

8.Posté par Lars Tholstrup le 17/04/2007 18:44
During our short trip to Paris, we visited three different restaurants. With no doubt, will I on behalf of my freinds and myself say, that our dinner at Le Coupe-Chou was excellent, both when you compare to the other two, during this trip - but also compared to Ambassadeur, where we spent an ewening on an earlier trip, to Paris. We did not know of your nice establishment, until we passed by. How lucky we were to be able to see, and discover this. We will surely return.
Lars Tholstrup, Norway

9.Posté par Phyllis Perne le 02/05/2007 23:24

10.Posté par Phyllis Perne le 02/05/2007 23:27
I do not speak French and wondering your dress code, coats and ties for men?

11.Posté par Tom Merrill le 22/06/2007 17:52
Le Coupe Chou has been a favorite of mine for over 10 years. When I am in Paris, I will always return. It's fun to bring newcomers to Paris as they are always impressed. It is a place that meets ones expectations of a great French country restaurant and the food is alway wonderful.

12.Posté par Stephen Reid Sydney ,Australia. le 24/06/2007 12:08
It has been several years since we dined with you. We are returning to France in October with friends and will certainly book another evening with you once again.Our memories remain strong and we look forward to re-aquainting ourselves with you and introducing our friends to the wonderful experience..

Warm regards
Stephen and Margaret Reid.

13.Posté par Martine Sween le 20/10/2007 15:02
Completely devoid of its history, I still sensed there was something special about Le Coupe Chou when we entered the restaurant for dinner. As a guest of my husband's business associates I was not in a position to address the all the questions that swirled in my head, questions I'm sure were provoked by the wonderful souls of history willing to share their secrets with us. Thank goodness for your website. The food and service was without question the absolute best I encountered in Paris. Thank you for the marvelous experience.
Martine and Jeffery Sween

14.Posté par David Luther Woodward le 26/10/2007 14:20
I first visited your restaurant in 1973 on my first trip to the Continent. Each time I have returned, your is the place I go first, and often. My wife who is French Canadian gives you the highest marks and sends all our friends, not only from the U. S. but from Canada to you. Have a wonderful winter, to you from Florida

15.Posté par Sood & Sonia le 12/12/2007 04:35
On July 21, 2007, I proposed to my fiancee at the Le Coupe-Chou!! We are both from Texas, USA and she was visiting her family in Paris and I flew to Paris unannounced and popped the question to her in this restaurant. The restaurant is very romantic and a perfect place for special occasions. We had such a memorable time there that we will never forget.

16.Posté par Michael Tavel le 09/01/2008 03:43
I have known of your restaurant for many years and have been wanting to visit since. On January 2, 2008 my girlfriend and I had the pleasure of a delightful meal with exceptional service and superb food. To cap off the evening I proposed marriage. (She said yes.) The evening and Le Coupe Chou will be our fondest memories of this trip to Paris forever. We will visit again soon and hopefully bring many friends to experience one of the truly memorable destinations of one of the world's greatest cities. Merci Beaucoup.

17.Posté par jennifer le 19/02/2008 01:25
Hello, I was hoping to make a reservation for this week and know a little bit more about the dress codes for men and women and how much English is spoken at the restaurant/menus.


18.Posté par JD le 14/05/2008 13:02
This is an amazing resto Great food fab service and totally homely relaxed enviroment. I have taken business clients here who are impressed with this too along with family and friends.

Im franglais speaking so either works. . one of the honestly priced restros in paris with fabulous atmosphere. Constantly going back.

Its a place you will fall in love with.

19.Posté par Stephanie le 05/08/2008 04:13
I am coming to Paris to celebrate my 50th Birthday and heard wonderful things about your restaurant - is it possible to make reservations online?

20.Posté par Jenifer le 07/10/2008 16:05
Thank you for an amazingly romantic evening. The food was superb. My boyfriend and I will never forget this restaurant or the experience. Shortly after dinner, my boyfriend proposed. Le Coupe Chou will forever be a special place in my heart and we will certainly be back on our next visit to Paris. Thank you again.

21.Posté par Patricia Loughridge le 22/10/2008 22:12

You come highly recommended.

22.Posté par Garrtt le 30/10/2008 00:43
Some of the best food ever to pass my lips! Ces't Fantistic!

23.Posté par helen jackson le 05/11/2008 19:15
My husband and I recently visited Paris for my 50th birthday with 3 other couples. The hotel we were staying in, close to le Coupe-Chou, recommended it and reserved a table for us. The evening was delightful - the ambience, service, food and the way we were treated was second-to-none.
I would recommend it to anyone and hope to return myself very soon. Many thanks for making my birthday so special.

24.Posté par Maria Hale le 19/02/2009 02:12
Please, let me know if we need reservations and dress code. We're planning on visiting you in May.
Maria Hale

25.Posté par Maria Hale le 19/02/2009 02:14
Will you please tell me if we need reservations and, the dress code. We're planning in visiting you in May.
Maria Hale

26.Posté par Tara B le 16/03/2009 07:07
We were engaged in your fabulous restaurant in January of 2004. I have amazing memories of Le Coup Chou!

27.Posté par Jennifer C le 27/04/2009 20:34
I celebrated my 40th birthday with 16 friends at your restaurant. The service was impeccable, the private room wonderful and cozy, and the food totally delicious. We were completely delighted. Merci !

28.Posté par Richard Cook le 11/05/2009 17:25
In 1965, I was 23, poor and living for 18FF a day at the Hotel Claude Bernard at the corner of your street. I promised myself someday ,if we both survived ,I would eat in your restaurant .
42 years later, in 2007 my wish came true and it was everything I dreamed it would be. The egg in cream with tarragon was so good I could swim in it.
I'm getting my second and hopefully not my last opportunity to dine with you on 31 May along with my brother and neice. I can't wait.

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