Nicolas Decatoire's friendly welcome, full of humour and sincerity, makes this a truly classic Parisian bistro. People chat with each other at the counter, glass of Beaujolais in hand and plate of sliced dry sausage before them, until their table is ready.
The starters, written on the chalkboard, are simple and excellent: whelks with mayonnaise (from Wednesday onward), grated carrots, leeks in vinaigrette, or cold pork pie. What follows is a short menu of typically French hearty homemade dishes like fried chicken with tarragon, pot-au-feu, veal blanquette, kidneys in mustard sauce, Norman escalope with cream, or different cuts of beef accompanied by mashed potatoes, rice, or fries. The desserts are displayed on the table: chocolate éclair, vanilla millefeuille, and apple clafoutis, which Nicolas cuts for you and whose size depends on how much room you have left.
This is an address you will love, and one that you will share with the journalists, bankers, and regulars of the Drouot auction rooms who make this their everyday ‘canteen' bistro.
19 rue Saint-Marc
+33 (0)1 42 96 89 70
Menu: around 35 EUR