When a friend first said “let’s meet at Chez Casimir for brunch”, I somehow expected tagines or generously sumac-topped dishes to be on the menu. But now, this translates as “let’s go and have the best brunch in town”.
A brother of La Pointe du Grouin and Chez Michel (which I also only have amazing things to say about!), Chez Casimir is conveniently located as a pit stop for Eurostar travellers, right by the Gare du Nord (but a far cry from the “traditional bistros” opposite the station). During the week, it parades as a Breton restaurant but on the weekend, it becomes a brunch-buffet extravaganza called “Traou Mad”, meaning “good things” in Breton.
During these magical times, as you walk in, on the round table by the bar you’ll see your buffet of starters. These range from grated carrots, patés, octopus salad, tabbouleh…(you name it!) with which you can pile your plates up high, but be careful, there’s more to come.
After your enthusiastically served starters, a set menu of hot food will make its way to your table, often consisting of mussels, an omelette, soup and a main meat dish. When your stomach’s feeling ready to wave the white flag, you’ll turn to see the king of dessert buffets at the back.
To top it off, the staff are all smiles and happy to chit-chat in French or English.
PS. Call and book for brunch to avoid disappointment!