Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Le Saint James

3, place Camille Hostein Send to Phone
+33 (0)5 57 97 06 00
The prices at this establishment are about the same as those of a Parisian eatery.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Closed Sun.-Mon., 2 wks. Jan. Open until 9:30pm

* Click here for rating key

Dining room at Le Saint James, Bouliac, france

Le Saint James Restaurant Review

: Spontaneity and freedom. These are what Michel Portos has and what others do not always have--or, at least, not at the same time. He polishes his ideas until they approach perfection, guarding an almost childish freshness to create, for example, a carrot juice, which nourishes of crayfish and chanterelle mushrooms, for amuse-bouche topissime, which whets the appetite so much that one smilingly awaits the miracles to come. And they arrive. In the large camarone, rolled up around a sheet of romaine lettuce like a skewer, in the mano a mano of an Grefeuille allaiton lamb with tuna, anchovy and pea rectangles. And the sea-bream! Orientalized with the ras-el-hanout, with expertly-prepared vegetables (the textures are incredible) the sea-bream made us remember, by its powerful flavor, of Thousand and One Nights, the sardines that Wally made in his first restaurant on the île Saint Louis, twenty-five years ago. And that, it is Portos, respectful and generous. The service is run in this Zen attitude, which does not exclude standing; Richard Bernard carries out, with his two wine waiters, an exceptional cellar: Gauvy, Vaillé, Foucault, Germain, a history of fidelity: Saint-James is one of the most beautiful houses of France, illuminated by a major actor of today's kitchen.

User Ratings & Reviews for Le Saint James


Check out the 2015 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the US and more.