This tiny restaurant is situated in the heart of expensive St Germain. There are a few restaurants nearby with similar prices - but they are tourist traps and the food is usually pretty awful (I have been to just every one).
The food here is basic - but it is cooked well. I have never had a bad meal. When we have guests to stay (we have a flat just down the road) we usually take them to a variety of restaurants in different parts of Paris - but this is invariably their favourite.
It is incredibly cheap. So, how do they do it?
They do not accept bookings and just fill the cramped tables in order. There may be empty tables elsewhere in the restaurant but you will be seated at the table they are currently filling - if a party of two you may have to share your table.
If you want to be sure of a place get there by 7pm (7.30pm latest). By 8pm the place will be full and there is usually a queue.
The first course will arrive quickly - closely followed by the main course. Having said that, I have never been rushed at the end of a meal.
The only other downside is that the wine is usually rather ordinary. I have tried the house wine and some more expensive wines - but they are all very ordinary.
So, cramped tables and ordinary wine. If you can put up with these two downsides you will enjoy a great atmosphere and good food at just about the cheapest prices in Paris.
I really recommend it - it feels as though you are in a family run bistro in a remote French village in 1975. If you have grown weary of the incredibly up market shops with their incredibly high prices in this locality, this will be a breath of fresh air.
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