Bistros & Restos 6th to 10th Arr.

Chez Fernand

If you’ve been to FISH in the last ten years then you’ve been served a drink by Hayden Clout, the Kiwi barman.

He’s piggy-backed that experience and joined with former FISH chef Matthew Ong to create this combination bistro and cave where you can walk out the door with very drinkable wines starting at 4.50 euros.

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It had been 3 years since my last sumptuous meal (see below) at Laurent so I took advantage of a Tuesday night in the midst of les vacances scolaire to sample the new 145 euro Menu de l’Accord Parfait (a perfect marriage of food and wine.) I was accompanied by the Nez de Neuilly to vet the wines.

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Mini-Palais at Le Grand Palais

We took advantage of gorgeous day to sit on the terrace with coupes of Deutz rosé prior to being seated.

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Le Rotisserie d'en Face

Accompanied by my New York landlord and good pal Martha Ann Babcock I had just seen, for the 10th time, Hitchcock’s SHADOW OF A DOUBT. We were hungry and just two steps away the Rotisserie d’en Face.

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La Tute

Happy days are here again.La Tute is back– just across the street from the world famousDrouot auction house.

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Le Comptoir

If you are walking up the Carrefour de l’Odéon at about 11:45 AM stop and join the line in front of Le Comptoir. At precisely noon you will be ushered to a table and served a classic Paris bistro meal at correct prices while you observe the latecomers lining up for the second sitting.

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La Maison Blanche

New Chef Fabrice Giraud has cooked in some of the finest kitchens in France, among them the Chantecler du Negresco Nice, La Grande Cascade and next to Alain Ducasse in Monaco.We chose the tasting menu to experience the full scope of his talents.

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La Mercerie

 In a 500 year-old building on a street known for pizzerias and crèperies, former judge Rudolphe BRIET has opened a bistro gastronomique.

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