Fodor's Expert Review Le Café Constant
Parisians are a nostalgic bunch, which explains the popularity of this down-to-earth venue, a relatively humble bistro with cream-color walls, red banquettes, and wooden tables. The menu reads like a French cookbook from the 1970s—who cooks veal cordon bleu these days?—but the dishes taste even better than before. There's delicious and creamy lentil soup with morsels of foie gras, and the artichoke salad comes with fresh—not bottled or frozen—hearts. A towering vacherin (meringue layered with ice cream) might bring this delightfully retro meal to a close. On weekdays there is a bargain lunch menu for €18 (two courses) or €26 (three courses). Don't be surprised to see Chef Constant himself at the zinc bar; it's his favorite neighborhood hangout too.
139 rue St-Dominique
Paris, Île-de-France 75007, France
- Excellent prices, especially at lunch
- Classic bistro fare with a gourmet twist
- Neighborhood favorite