Food and drink
Simple filling food includes starters like rillettes and egg mayonnaise. The main courses change every day – on my last visit black pudding 'aux deux pommes' (with stewed apples and boiled potatoes), ham hock with lentils or brandade de morue. It's far from sophisticated but the apple tart is surprisingly good and there are also well-ripened cheeses. Wines by bottle, glass or filet focus on the Beaujolais crus and Rhône wines, although there are some Bordeaux and Burgundy.
A jovial social mix – local office workers, bourgeois couples in town for the day, workers from a nearby building site. In mid afternoon you're more likely to have the place almost to yourself and don't even think about those who come in for a glass of rouge on their way to work in the morning.
A friendly couple run the downstairs bar. Upstairs one bossy, motherly waitress serves the entire room and calls everyone, even 60 year olds, young man or woman.
Upmarket, fashionable Paris on a sidestreet linking place du Marché St-Honoré and rue St-Honoré; near to [node:168630] and Tuileries.
Main courses 10 to 12 euros, count around 20 euros for three courses.
- Backpackers / Students
- Mature travellers
- People watching
- No fuss