Food and drink
The idea here is a very generous no-choice retour du marché dinner menu, centred around the "marmite", a long-simmered casserole of the day, which you serve yourself from the dish at table. You have to put your faith in whatever the chef has concocted for the day, but I've been here several times and it's always good, perhaps chicken with peppers or lamb with spring vegetables. The starter is generally an excellent seasonal soup, while dessert may be clementine panacotta or refreshing fruits in vermouth jelly. At lunch, there's a simpler array of salads and imaginative open-topped tartine sandwiches (try the tartine basquaise with chicken, aubergine and peppers), with an emphasis on excellent French regional charcuterie. You choose your own wine from the shelves for a modest 7 euro corkage fee, which allows you some good wine discoveries for very reasonable prices.
Informal and convivial, many of the Latin Quarter bons vivants, academics and wine connoisseurs are regulars, along with rugby fans. There's also a basement dining room you can hire for a group.
Relaxed yet attentive, and Bertrand Bluy is always ready to advise with the wine.
A Latin Quarter thoroughfare not far from the boulevard St-Michel and the Jardins du Luxembourg.
The dinner menu costs 31 euros, main course only (16 euros) or two courses (22-24 euros).
Tables to book
The long, narrow room means tables are rather cramped. If there are several of you, reserve the round table at the end.
- Mature travellers
- People watching