Marion Hume | April 23rd, 2012
They’ve been shucking oysters and stacking shellfish over ice into platters of “fruits de mer” at Brasserie Terminus Nord since 1925. This Paris brasserie is still superb and the best news, it is bang opposite the Eurostar terminal.
The chic way to travel; arrive at Gare du Nord two hours ahead of departure time, enjoy an Assiette Nordique (smoked fish, warm blinis and a sprinkling of caviar) with a glass of Chablis. Or perhaps, on a chilly evening, the peerless Bouillabaisse soup with garlic rouille and croutons. Then stroll across the street exactly 40 minutes before the departure of late-night London train and feel awfully smug at the sight of all those nibbling on the station’s lamentable cheese baguettes for their supper.
The service is impeccable, the food exquisite and the interior with its Jazz Age murals and acres of bevelled mirrors a delight. You could book in advance, although I never do. Bon App!
Terminus Nord, 23 rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris. +33 (0)1 42 85 05 15; www.terminusnord.com
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