I often stay in a hotel near the rue du Faubourg. and I have dined at severl restaurants in this street. For some reason I had not eaten in this one before. I think I may have had the impression that it was a little pricey. On this occasion I had a closer look at the menu outside and saw that it was very reasonably priced. The reception could quite correctly be termed 'a welcome'. I was immediately made to feel like a valued customer. The service was polite and professional. The waiter was obviously a nice guy. It is a small restaurant. 'Intimate' could be used to describe it. The tables were covered in nice, crisp, white table cloths. I immediately liked the place.
I ordered beef-bourguignon. I was presented with the dish sitting in a small, high-sided dish sitting on a metal frame above a small flame - to keep it warm. It reminded me a little of what you get in a Indian restaurant. Come to think of it, the waiter was probably Indian too. Can you be French-Indian? Why not? Anyway, the result was effective. It kept the contents nice and hot.
The beef-bourguignon was one of the best I have eaten - perfectly cooked - mouth-wateringly delicious. Cost: €14.50. It came with the usual French bread. To drink I ordered a 50cl bottle of .Château les Vergnes - Bordeaux. I could not believe that I could buy a 50cl bottle of quality wine for a mere €9.
I decided to take advantage of the quality and prices by ordering the 'assiette fromage'. In my experience restaurants typically charge and arm and a leg for cheese and they give you a plate with so much of the stuff on it you could feed the 5,000 - yes I know that the biblical 5,000 were fed on bread and fishes, but you will get the idea. For €6 I had exactly what I needed. Ample cheese, but not so much that most would be thrown away. There was a tasteful variety of cheeses.
By the end of the meal I was feeling at one with the world. I was a very happy bunny indeed.
I have decided to make the Restaurant du Paradis my 'canteen' for future trips to Paris. I cannot envisage finding anything better for the price in Paris. I know that you can pay twice as much and get worse.
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