Bistrot Paul Bert, 11th arr.
An 11th arrondissement gem, long-standing favourite Bistrot Paul Bert dishes out some of the best steak frites in the city. Once a butcher’s shop, then bar, it has the look and feel of a restaurant that¡¯s been around since La Belle Epoque: dimly lit, with fanciful mouldings and packed with rickety wooden chairs. Waiters run around taking orders to long-term locals who don¡¯t need to read the scribbled menu board. The three-course lunch for 18 is also a steal. +33 1 43 72 24 01
Le Train Bleu, 12th arr.
An ornate Art Nouveau restaurant located within one of the city¡¯s busiest train stations, Gare de Lyon in the 12th arrondissement, it is named after the so-called ¡®blue train¡¯ that sent sun dwellers down to the Riviera. Doused in opulence, with gilded frames, large-scale paintings and chandeliers galore, Le Train Bleu has served Salvador Dal¨ª, Jean Cocteau and Coco Chanel. le-train-bleu.com
Chef Taku Sekine’s attention to detail is evident in the tasting menus of his French-Asian restaurant, down a back alley in Bastille. International dishes are paired with drinks crafted by Amaury Guyot (previously of hip Parisian joint Sherry Butt and Experimental Cocktail Club) ¨C a bourbon, Madeira and walnut syrup cocktail goes with mirin-soy-marinated foie gras, blueberries and corn cream, for example. Interiors are unassumingly smart, with distressed walls, mid-century Danish chairs and creaky wooden floors, as well as backless stools for diners looking to be near the action of the busy kitchen. dersouparis.com
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