This smart neo-bistro is located on a quiet residential street between UNESCO and Les Invalides. Its name means “plate” in Occitan—a nod to both chef Paul-Arthur Berlan’s origins and the southwest-inspired dishes you’re about to tuck into: delights like tomato and mustard gazpacho, sea bass with chorizo and artichoke risotto, and lip-smacking Paris-Carcassonne (choux pastry filled with hazelnut cream, a southwest version of the Paris-Brest). If you fancy sharing starters, L’Escudella serves excellent tapas: homemade paté, jambon de bayonne (cured ham), or spicy Wagyu beef chorizo. The lunchtime dish of the day is an absolute steal at 16€. In fact, this place is so lovely, it’s a mystery it hasn’t attracted more attention—especially since the chef was a semifinalist on France’s version of “Top Chef,” the American TV cooking show.