Pamela Popo may have a strange-sounding name, but to the French, it’s a way of paying homage to one of their favorite local singers, Serge Gainsbourg, who sang a song by the same name. This Paris restaurant has been open just a year now, and David Personnat, of Ledoyen fame, is heading up the kitchen here.
Parked outside the restaurant on the charming rue François Miron was a cool old car emblazoned with the Pamela Popo logo. Behind the car’s parking spot is a small terrace with room for several tables, and if it’s warm, the doors will be open and the terrace will double in size as it merges with the bar area behind. The downstairs room is a nice, comfortable lounge for drinks, but for more serious eating, you’ll want to move upstairs to the dining room.
The room is warm, with bright walls of blue, red and brown, and comfortable upholstered chairs to match. Bookshelves line the back wall and add edginess (rather than stuffiness) to the room. On this evening we listened to upbeat jazz, which mixed in with French voices from the neighboring tables.
We started with mushroom ravioli layered with asparagus tips in a creamy sauce with hints of lemon. It was rich and delicious. We also had an appetizer with fried shrimp on top of a cucumber-citrus salad, which was also enjoyable as long as you ate the shrimp while it was still crisp.
15, rue François Miron, 75004, 01 42 74 14 65, lunch and dinner daily.