Cozy, quaint "classic" bistro. Patio is on busy street, but nicely done. Interior seating on both main and lower levels - definitely better on the main level. It's not huge, but guests are seated where there's space, and not crowded together.
We walked in around 2pm to request a dinner reservation at 8pm, it was not an issue. We were treated with patience and respect -- we spoke French, however badly, but we found the server was equally nice to english speaking guests, just maybe not as effusive. Ambiance is bistro classic, attire is business casual. We dressed for dinner, guests adjacent to us (Scottish tourists) were in jeans.
Food, which is the point of going -- delicious. Creative, well executed. We shared an appetizer of crab/mango verrine, and it was great. Mains were equally well executed, though my salmon came with an enormous pile of mashed potatoes that seemed to be destined just to fill the plate. Uncharacteristic in France. Food was fresh, tasty, and presented well.
Some confusion on the wines, that came down to cultural differences. We asked for a half-litre carafe of white, as listed on the menu. We were told it was not available, would we prefer glasses of wine or a full bottle. We ended up going with a full bottle, but saw other guests getting the carafes we had requested. Turns out we asked for it wrong, not that we were scammed in any way. Should have pointed to the menu where it listed the wines, but in the end, we drank our bottle quite happily, so no harm! The wine list is extensive enough to suit most tastes.
Located directly across from the Jardins du Luxembourg. Convenient access from the 6e and 7e arrondissements -- we walked in a leisurely 20 minutes from an apartment 2 blocks south of the Seine.
All in all, a lovely experience. Top 25 in all of Paris? Not necessarily -- but very good, and by the look of the reviews on here, consistently so. Worth visiting.
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