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Flunch, Paris: 2 reviews and 1 photos

by thinking

Flunch (French slang for "French Lunch", NOT "FAST LUNCH").
"Food like our home's"

Flunch is a popular French chain where the main dish that you ordered is cooked in front of you.
The main dish (MEAT, FISH, POULTRY) comes with "all you can eat vegetables and potatoes",
hence vegetarians can be well satisfied here.

The vegetables and potatoes are put in a central location in the restaurant for you to serve yourself.
This French concept allows quicker service since this area is self service.

There is a big difference between Flunch and McDonalds or the Quick Hamburger Restaurant chain from Belguim.
At Flunch, you will receive a 'balanced meal" with an entree, a principal plate and a dessert with very efficient service
and for one reasonable price. They also serve bread and wine. Tap water is free, and there is an area which contains
the glasses and the pitchers for you to help yourself.

If you are still hungry, you can go back and eat as many of the salads, vegetables and potatoes that you want.
So if the vegetarian likes to eat, the hunger will pass quickly here!

The brand is owned by Auchan, the French grocery store, so they have their chain everywhere in France.
It is the best choice for a fair price and more often than not, the food is much better than you will find in the
tourist bistro.

The main difference with McDonalds or Quick is that Flunch does not provide hamburgers or sandwiches, but regular meals with a large choice of first course, main course and desserts.
Many branches are located in shopping malls.
One particularity of Flunch is that you pay for the main course, but can get unlimited vegetables to accompany it.
French people don't refer to Flunch as fast-food, but as self-service.

Flunch is being expanded in Portugal, with 3 restaurants, Oporto, Almada and Faro. The Oporto Flunch have +/- 1000m2.
Any questions can be redirected to

Favorite Dish: I ask when they will be serving Atlantic Salmon, and it is on those days that I really enjoy going to Flunch.
It is at least half the price of the medicore French restaurants you will find in the tourist areas of Paris or other
French cities, but the quality is much, much better.

Vegetables, salad and potatoes are enough for me, so I either order only that. or give my companion the main plate
and I eat the salads, etc., or I can take the main plate home with me if I have a ziplock bag in my purse.

Address: Several locations
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: 3 locations in Paris (Chatelet Les Halles, Caulaincourt (Montmarte), Beaubourg(behind Pompidou musem) and
many, MANY locations everywhere else in France.
Refer to the website below for details and maps for each location.

Phone: +33 1 40 29 09 78
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 4
Theme: Buffet

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 19, 2006
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