This charming Quartier Latin bistro with woodwork and murals dating from 1925 is always packed and boisterous. A glance at chef Arnaud Vansanten's €38 set menu—a bargain €27 at lunch for three courses—makes it easy to understand why. Dishes such as chestnut soup with spice bread, squid with chorizo and creamy quinoa, and quince Tatin (upside-down tart) with mascarpone and pink pralines put a fresh twist on French classics, and service is reliably courteous. Bread
is made on the premises, and if you don't finish your bottle of wine you can take it with you to savor the last drops.
Mar 21, 2012
We've been here twice and if in the neighborhood will return in May. The small dining room is both lovely and lively, or you can sit outside in good weather. The menu is ambitious in the sense that dishes are tweaked but don't stray too far from the classics. Preparation has been spot on. Very nice selection of fairly priced wines. The service is professional but friendly. Desserts are often a highlight - the quince mentioned above is a rare treat.