Places like Catina Chic are why Tripadvisor is so important. How else could a small, unassuming, but absolutely delightful restaurant make it in a huge crowded marketplace like Paris?
My wife and I were staying around the corner and after reading about Catina Chic checked it out one afternoon. We were under-whelmed by its appearance and the limited menu. But after re-reading the reviews and getting a bit bored with the sameness of “traditional” French bistros and restaurants, we decided to try it for dinner. We walked in about 1900 without a reservation and Fred, the owner, host, and waiter, greeted us warmly. As previously reported, it is small, fitting only about 30 people, and it has a very limited menu. But as it turns out, it was a great night!!!!
The food was unique and fabulous, the wine was very good, and Fred is a guy you wish nothing but the best for. How good was it … we went back our last night in Paris and if we lived there, it would be a place where we would eat once a week. And oh, by the way, the prices were downright cheap for a great meal in Paris.
My wife had the house specialty (pasta with mushrooms and truffle sauce) both times and labeled it “addictive.” I had the veal special one night and the pasta special the other. Both were very well prepared with fresh ingredients. There were nice touches throughout the meal. For example, the antipasti we ordered included burrata (fresh and fabulous) and small sweet onions marinated in balsamic.
And in an age when customer service is often an afterthought, Fred was genuinely touched when we came back a second time. He remembered our names and preferences and made us feel like old friends.
The two nights there bring a smile to my face whenever I think about them. Good luck Fred and merci bien!
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