Maria Belza, Basque cuisine on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin

By Manon C. Photos by Manon C. Published on June 30, 2022 at 6:24 p.m.

To enjoy a little piece of the South-West in Paris, head to Maria Belza. On the program, a good meal with friends, based on Basque specialties to share (or not)!

On the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, not far from the Saint-Louis hospital, the restaurant Maria Belza invites you to relax in the summer. Imagined by Benoit Mollet and Franck Guigault and named in honor of Virgin’s Rock of Biarritz, Maria Belza is the new table which honors the Pays Basque in Paris.

To immerse gourmets in a seaside atmospherethe two friends called on the decorator Daphne Desjeux, trained at the Boulle school. The walls of the restaurant are tinged with light blue, dark blue and mottled frames, the shelves with vintage-looking mirrors, rosaries and a statue of the Virgin who overlooks the audience with her soothing gaze.

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In the kitchen and then on large tables, the sharing and conviviality imposes itself through tapas to share with guests. On the menu, the best South West products : I’Ossau-Iraty (12.50€) just like the iberian ham (12€) slip into croquetas naughty and crispy that we would gladly eat by the dozen, the César (11€) is transformed in the South-West fashion with smoked duck breast, pan con tomato (7€) generously garnished parade on the table, in the company of padron peppers (8€).

Maria Belza is the perfect place for a good food with friends, in order to discover the best of what the Basque Country has to offer. Do you want more ? To you beautiful plates of pork and Basque cheeses (13€), the foie gras semi-cooked (€14) an unmissable star of the menu, the Grilled octopus and its virgin sauce (13€) perfectly snacked and caramelized on the outside while remaining tender on the inside, or the burrata and piquillo peppers (13€) in which suspicious cheerfully.

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The restaurant also offers more imposing dishes to continue on the basque land, duck confit and parmesan-style aubergines (€21), pork chops and chorizo ​​​​cream with Espelette pepper (€24), fish from the auction and roasted vegetables (€55) as a top, as well as dishes less marked with Basque influenceswhich have no less charm but which take us away from the crossing on foot and taste buds of the basque country.

Pour it dessertsome will fall for the Basque cake from the Pariès house (€8), of course, while we gladly pour ourselves a glass of wineturned towards natural and biodynamic. A little piece of South-West in Paris !

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