Terminus Nord: It’s the atmosphere, stupid!
They call themselves a „brasserie mythique“ which clearly is an overstatement but you need to bang the drum nowadays to get anywhere. Still, you might find your own mythical Paris feelings very well mirrored when dining out at „Terminus Nord“, a grand brasserie just across the street from the gates of the huge Gare du Nord.
A living museum
Terminus Nord is not a place, as „Le Guide Lebey“ puts it correctly, where you can expect a culinary treat. What you can expect though is a splendid evening under high ceilings, a meal set up in a living museum stuffed with bits and pieces of art déco and art nouveau – and a great show delivered by scores of excellent waiters who dance through the aisles juggling with their load.
The seafood platters are quite alright, everything cooked lacks genius and precision though, even the classic and simple steak-frites (Hereford beef or not) can go wrong here – and yet: it’s hard to describe, it’s irrational even but “Terminus Nord” is a great experience. You’ll have a good time there, not least thanks to the noisy, eclectic crowd, a mix of people with or without train tickets in their pockets, with or without suits and ties, with or without a reason to celebrate life this very moment.
And guess what? You might even cross the ways of this or that celebrity. French film and opera director Patrice Chéreau is a regular, as is the great Austrian novelist Peter Handke. And with some excitement the women’s magazines reported by the end of last year, that Kate Moss has stepped into “Terminus Nord” for a quick bite. You might consider following her example. And if you’re in the right mood, you won’t regret it.
Terminus Nord Brasserie
23, rue de Dunkerque
Tél : +33 (0)1 42 85 05 15
Open 7/7 from 7.30 am to 12.00 am
Sunday from 8.30 am to 11.00 pm
Métro: Gare du Nord
Photo: © MAP