My Top Five Best Value Bistros in Paris inspired by Le Fooding

by Forager on June 3, 2013

When looking for luxury options to wine, dine and impress the City of Love delivers in spades. But there is another side of Parisian dining that I sought out, one a bit kinder on the hip pocket. Over a decade ago, two Parisian journalists, Alexandre Cammas and Emmanuel Rubin, were fed up with the conservative, traditional and more often than not, expensive Parisian dining model favoured by guidebooks like Michelin and created their alternative food and festival guide book, Le Fooding – a contraction of the words “food” and “feeling”.

Le Fooding celebrates stellar contemporary eateries, mostly in and around Paris and founder Cammas describes, a typical eatery that would feature in Le Fooding as “a place that makes you want to go back to almost immediately“. Great French chefs are still featured in the guide, but it’s their low-key casual offerings that are showcased – not their fine dining signatures and in fact the most recent Le Fooding doesn’t feature a single 3 Michelin starred establishment. Since launch the guide has achieved something of a cult status and spawned the Le Fooding movement which gets involved in everything from street food tastings and food trucks to pop ups and rooftop dance festivals and is stretching its influence far beyond French borders. It’s a dining philosophy that I very much subscribe to and it sounded like the perfect guide for our travels around Paris, but alas, it is only available in French. Merde!

Inspired and not deterred, the Co-pilot and I scoured books, blogs, articles and asked for recommendations to create a Le Fooding-inspired spreadsheet covering plenty of gourmet value options for every meal we’d have during our week in Paris. As per our London jaunt, the emphasis was not just on cheap, but on value – excellent fare at an excellent price. We took advantage of every meal opportunity to sample a new establishment on our list, and some lived up to our expectations and invariably some fell short. After much review and deliberation, this post lists the top five best value Parisian dining experiences we had (in no order) and a retrospective search showed all five that made my list are also listed in Le Fooding! Le Fooding inspired finds without needing to learn French beforehand to navigate the Le Fooding site!

1. Pramil

Chef Alain Pramil runs his namesake restaurant, Pramil, a small and narrow understated restaurant in the 3rd arrondissement of the Marais. Pramil is both featured in the Le Fooding and in 2012 had a Michelin Bib Gourmand rating, the Michelin guide’s answer to ratings of more affordable dining where to be eligible the venue must offer 2 courses and a glass of wine or dessert for 40€ or less (note: Pramil lost their Bib Gourmand rating in the 2013 guide). The daily menu at Pramil is always deceptively simple and unfussy, showcasing just 1 or 2 seasonal ingredients but they’re done oh, so masterfully well. From the photos below, what might be lacking in presentation more than made up for in taste.

We opted for a relatively light lunch ordering a main each and sharing both an entree and a dessert. We couldn’t go past the curiously named ice plant salad as an entree, and found the ice place to be a fleshy succulent of sorts that was covered in tiny knobbly bumps giving it a satisfying “icy” tactile crunch. Juicy it definitely was, but not particularly tasty – it just watered down the rest of the salad. Our mains were outstanding – a flavourful, punchy, tender onglet (hanger) steak served with a side of potato mash that tasted vaguely of bananas and hands down, the best pork chop we’ve ever tasted. The Ibérian pork chop was seared in butter to a healthy crisp and very simply seasoned, served with three different types of confit carrots. It was ridiculously tasty – one of those moments where you knew from the first bite that you’d found something special. To cap off the meal we had a lovely coffee mille-feuilles with sweet chantilly and coffee cream and the wines by the glass (not pictured) were also superb. Our two course option was 22€ each and was enough for us given our vigorous eating regime whilst in Paris, but for 33€ you could have three courses.

Of our top 5, we though Pramil had the best overall value, the atmosphere is a little more refined and upmarket than a casual bistro but unpretentious, and did I mention that it simply had the best pork chop ever?

Prami, Paris, excellent value

Pramil: simple, understated and excellent value

Pramil, Paris, Iberico pig rib chop, iceplant, coffee mille feuille

Pramil (from top, L- R): Salad of crystalline iceplant with shrimp and confit tomatoes; Rib chop of Iberico pig with three types of carrots; Pan fried veal onglet with olive oil potato puree; Coffee mille-feuilles

Alain Pramil, Paris, value, chef,

Chef Alain Pramil makes a regular appearance in the dining room to meet and greet diners

2. Le Baratin

Early on in our research on Paris, one of the restaurants that quickly climbed its way to the top of our list was Le Chateaubriand, Chef Inaki Aizpitarte’s wildly popular bistro and the poster child of the Parisian neo-bistrot movement. It features in Le Fooding and for the last five years has featured in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (making number 18 this year) and diners are offered a 60€ eclectic set menu that changes daily. Reservations are only accepted for the first seating and sadly, despite our best efforts we couldn’t get a booking. We could have joined other unlucky diners and lined up in the hope we could snare a seat for the second sitting, but given some surprisingly mixed reviews on the restaurant, we decided to reserve Le Chateaubriand for another trip. Instead we embarked on an entirely different tact: if we can’t get into the hippest neo-bistrot in Paris, we’ll go to the chef’s favourite restaurant – Le Baratin.

Le Baratin is yet another Le Fooding featured bistro and in 2013 has a newly acquired Michelin Bib Gourmand rating. Self taught Argentinian chef Raquel Carena moved to Paris over 25 years ago and her food is a mix of Parisian, Argentinean, African and Spanish influences whilst her husband Philippe Pinoteau runs the small organic and biodynamic wine bar. The bistro is small and cosy, with excellent, hearty modern French cuisine and being located in the 20th arrondissement, is more frequented by locals than tourists.

The Co-pilot and I had dinner at Le Baratin with the Co-pilot’s youngest sister Liv who is currently living and studying in France and her Parisian beau, Pierre. Not only did they provide great company, but a welcome hand with the menu and more than apparent language difficulties. Chalkboards display the daily menu and despite my best efforts trying to quickly decipher cursive French squiggles into ingredients I could understand with the help of a nifty mobile app, before I was done deciphering the 2nd entree, the waitress was there, pen and pad poised and patiently awaiting our order. We gratefully deferred to Liv and Pierre for guidance and we opted to share three entrees and three mains.

We started with a dish of tender calamari cooked in its own pungent ink; generous meaty cubes of raw bonito mackerel, the fresh oily flavour tempered by a light dashi-like vinaigrette; and small, sweet Spanish mussels simply served on the half shell with diced vegetables. The mains were even more impressive – the roast lamb was so rich and tender it fell off the bone; and the St Pierre fish on lentils was just crispy but soft and flaky inside. I was particularly enamoured with the still very pink, rather raw roast Ibérico pork. It was so incredibly juicy, sweet and packed a powerful flavour punch. We were slightly disturbed that it was so raw and having been told all my life that you need to cook your pork pretty thoroughly, I was apprehensive, but the waitstaff ensured us that the pork was so fresh and healthy it was fine. It was very tasty so maybe a little liver fluke was worth a taste of that yummy pork. To finish, the boys opted for some firewater masquerading as strong Japanese whiskey and very generous slabs of Pierre’s favourite cheese, the very pungent, very smelly, farm ripened Saint-Nectaire cheese. It sure was smelly – very earthy and grassy, with an almost gamey stink to my palate. It was a little smelly for me but Pierre was apparently transported to his happy place and after a few bites and hyperbolic sighs, declared he was so satisfied he could die at that point. Liv similarly started to wax lyrical about being able to taste her childhood and smell the fresh grass, clover and animals (I don’t recall hearing about her growing up on a farm, but sure, ok). I’m not sure exactly how strong that Japanese whiskey was, but I’d advise against consumption of it.

Entrees ranged from 9-14€, main courses from 18-30€ and dessert from 7€. Our total dinner bill excluding drinks came to 112€ or just 28€ per person for what was a thoroughly enjoyable, excellent meal. If you’re feeling even more frugal, their prix fixe lunch at 18€ is a real steal!

Le Baratin, Paris, favoured neighbourhood eatery of Chef Inaki Aizpitarte

Le Baratin, a neighbourhood bistro favoured by chef Inaki Aizpitarte and pastry chef Pierre Hermé

Le Baratin, Chef Inaki Aizpitarte, Raquel Rachel Carena, Philippe Pinoteau, Paris bistro

A snapshot of Le Baratin (clockwise from top left): Le Baratin today; Argentinean Chef and owner Raquel Carena directs the magic in the kitchen; the owner’s peculiar pooch and a yellowed photograph showing the original site of the restaurant

Le Baratin, Raquel Rachel Carena, Paris, bistro

A taste of the sublime offerings at Le Baratin (top to bottom, L-R): The daily changing menu features seasonal, local and organic ingredients; Squid cooked in its own ink; Mackerel tartare in smoked vinaigrette; Spanish mussels with diced vegetables; Roast black Iberico pork with citrus jus; Roast lamb shank; Wild Saint Pierre fish with lentils; generous slabs of smelly Saint Nectaire cheese for dessert

3. Bistrot Paul Bert

The third on our list is Le Fooding featured Bistrot Paul Bert – the result of an extensive search of online blogs and reviews for the best steak tartare in Paris. Bistrot Paul Bert kept re-appearing in that search so being big fans of steak tartare, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity and headed there for lunch. Inside we found a cosy bistro with traditional decor and red leather booth seats. Diners are offered two daily chalkboard menus with largely traditional French bistro fare – a budget menu offering 3 courses for 18€ or the upgraded 3 course menu with more luxurious ingredients for 36€. The choice was made for us – the steak tartare was on the budget menu so that suited us just fine.

We came for the steak tartare but the standout winner from our meal was the incredible egg cocotte made with a just softly coddled egg bathed in a to-die-for delicious foie gras sauce that no doubt involved copious amount of rich cream. Mixed with the broken coddled egg yolk, the richness became just sublime and screamed for more and more crusty bread to mop up every last drop of that amazing sauce. It took all my resolve to not pick up the vessel and lick it clean. The beetroot, watercress and burrata salad was nice and palatable enough but paled in significance next to the egg cocotte.

Our steak tartare was very nice, simply and lightly seasoned with parsley, onion, horseradish, mustard and capers. We were provided with sauces and mustards to douse the tartare to our palate’s liking but we resisted, not wanting to drown out the inherent flavours of the bistro’s recipe as the last thing we wanted was a pungent mustard and sauce soup with a bit of steak tartare on the side. However, we soon changed our mind as we watched our neighbouring diners all systematically and routinely dousing their steak tartares liberally even before tasting and it became obvious that the tartare was deliberately light in flavour to allow additional seasoning at the table. Our verdict? We agree it was a good steak tartare, but neither of us thought it was the best steak tartare we’d ever had. Our palates preferred more powerful, punchy flavours and that didn’t mean merely dousing it with more mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Our other main of baby cuttlefish on rice didn’t look particularly impressive or flavourful, but was surprisingly moreish. The cuttlefish were tender, the rice drenched and infused with their flavour and we found ourselves easily putting away the dish. We finished off the meal with a simple, no fuss cheese plate and a silky creme caramel that had just the right amount of bitterness to balance out the caramel. Again, just good honest, no fuss flavours and from the busy lunch time service, exactly what locals were after for their lunch breaks.

A mere 18€ each for 3 courses – entree, main and either a cheese plate or dessert – just astoundingly good value and had us yet again questioning why we can’t get such great value, excellent food in Sydney. It’s just not right.

Bistrot Paul Bert

Bistrot Paul Bert, cosy and homely, complete with cheeky staff who tried to photobomb at every opportunity.

Entrees: Beetroot and watercress salad and that amazing egg cocotte with foie gras

Entrees: Beetroot and watercress salad and that amazing egg cocotte with foie gras

Bistrot Paul Bert, steak tartare, cuttlefish rice

Mains: the Paul Bert steak tartare we specifically came to try and baby cuttlefish with fresh coriander

Bistro Paul Bert dessert, creme caramel, cheese, canele

A silky creme caramel dessert, a simple cheese plate and an unexpectedly good canelé petit four with our coffees

4. Glou

Number 4 on our Le Fooding inspired finds was Glou, a small cafe cum bistro in the Marais spread over two levels. It came as a recommendation from Liv, the Co-pilot’s sister who’d wet met for a spot of museum hopping and lunch and it made this list because everything we tried from the menu was really good (almost surprisingly so as we didn’t have any expectations) and great value to boot!

To counter the constant over eating we’d been experiencing we opted for a lighter lunch, starting with a shared platter of unctuously rich, nutty Ibérico bellota jamon with Spanish almonds then mains of cepes ravioli generously loaded with cepes and served in a rich buttery sauce; deliciously garlicky grilled razor clams and, because we hadn’t quite scratched that steak tartare craving itch, we had to order that too. We’re glad we did as their steak tartare was in our opinion, better than Bistrot Paul Bert’s – tangier, tastier and more to our palate’s liking. A gourmet coffee and petit four platter and a very well made rice pudding served on top of a burned sticky caramel sauce and candied crumble on the side provided a perfect sweet ending to our meal.

Our combined bill came to a reasonable 27€ per person as we’d decided to order from the menu, but for the price conscious Glou offers great value prix fixe lunch menus – 2 courses for 16€ or three for  21€.

Glou, Paris, cafe, bistro, Marais

Glou, a small, casual cafe cum bistro in the Marais spread over two levels

Glou, Paris, the Marais, bistro, cafe, tartare Aubrac

Lunch at Glou (Top-Bottom, L-R): Iberico bellota jamon with Spanish almonds; Cepes (porcini) ravioli; Grilled razor clams in garlic butter; Aubrac steak tartare cut to order; gourmet coffee and petit four platter; rice pudding with burned caramel

5. Au Passage

Our final Le Fooding inspired find is one I’ve deliberately saved for last – it stood out from the other meals we had in Paris and was the best for contemporary flavours and wow factor. Au Passage is a small, hip and busy bistro in the 11th arrondissement offering diners a daily changing menu with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, all done very simply and very superbly. Australian chef James Henry made his mark on the Parisian neo-bistrot scene at Au Passage, eschewing the 3 course dinner model for small tapas style share plates. He has since left to start his own Parisian venture, Bones, and taking over from him at Au Passage is another Australian chef, Shaun Kelly, who by all accounts is continuing his predecessor’s success. Having tasted his menu, we were certainly impressed.

By day Au Passage serves a simple set menu but we braved the wet weather and headed there for dinner when the bistro turns into a packed wine and tapas bar, squeezing in amongst moustached and bespectacled French hipsters and artists at shared tables. The menu is succinct and non-descript, listing just the main one or two ingredients in the dish with no embellishment. So we started with the simply named “burrata” and the “house terrine”. The burrata was excellent, creamy and fresh in a lurid green fruity, peppery olive oil. The terrine was simply the best terrine I’ve ever had – gamey, soft, chunky and pink with the perfect balance of fat balanced by the pickled cornichons and onions. I kept attacking that terrine until it evaporated. Preoccupied with the burrata, the Co-pilot didn’t really get a look in. Next came flavourful grilled prawns simple and unfettered save for a brush of marinade and a side of lemon; tasty if slightly rubbery snails with parsley and parsnip; charred cauliflower with curd and treacle had complex flavours mixing sweet and aniseed flavoured treacle with the slight bitterness from the char; and chicken with a crunchy crispy skin served with sweet corn kernels and bread sauce. Despite being “small plates” we were happily sated and ordered just one dessert to complete the meal – and it was brilliant. Warm, syrupy sweet figs with fluffy sweet ricotta and powdered meringue crumbled on top. Incredibly simple but so incredibly good.

It was a masterclass in how satisfyingly good a few well paired ingredients can be and at affordable prices – our meal came to 28€ per person excluding drinks. To paraphrase Le Fooding founder Cammas, I’d go back to Au Passage immediately. As per the other eateries listed in this post, Au Passage offers a bargain prix fixe lunch with a set menu: one entree, a choice of 2 mains, cheese and dessert at 9.50€ for a main; 13€ for 2 courses; 16.50€ for 3 courses or 19€ for 4 courses.

Au Passage, Paris, Marais, French, modern bistro

Au Passage, packed and bustling

Au Passage crowd, hipster, Paris, Marais

The crowd and atmosphere at Au Passage, comfortable, casual with a few French hipsters thrown in for good measure

Au Passage, Paris, Marais, burrata, pork terrine,

Standout starters: incredible burrata and the best terrine I’ve ever tasted!

Au Passage, Paris, Marais, bistro, modern French,

Mains (clockwise from top left): Chargrilled prawns; Snails with parsley and parsnip; Chicken with corn and bread sauce; Cauliflower with curd and treacle

Au Passage, Paris, Marais, dessert, figs, ricotta, meringue

Fig, ricotta and crumbled meringue dessert

Runner Up: Chez Casimir

I’d expected Chez Casimir to have made the top 5 of this value list. Its Le Fooding feature, Michelin Bib Gourmand rating, the location in Gare du Nord, the dated decor, brusque waitstaff and cater-for-the-locals atmosphere were all signs to corroborate that assumption. The classical, homely Brittany inspired bistro fare was pleasant and satisfying enough – but overall just not memorable enough to oust any of the top 5 I’ve already listed. Notable mentions from our menu was the entree of a very generous slab of rich foie gras served on hot toast adorned with a smear of syrupy cassis and the perfectly balanced comforting prune clafoutis with just the right tart back kick. I would have omitted it entirely if not for one, very memorable redeeming feature – the very delectable and very generous cheese offering.

As is French custom, after the mains and before dessert, a cheese course is served. At Chez Casimir, the cheese course consists of a large platter of cheeses presented in a wicker basket complete with stinky blues, oozy cheeses, ashy sheep’s milk, roquefort, hard cow’s milk cheeses and a fruit cheese. There are several of these cheese platters circulating around the restaurant and for diners who have reached the cheese course, it is left at their disposal to take as little or, in our case, as much as you wanted for as long as you wanted. That’s when we noticed the pale orange rinded soft cheese that had so far escaped the cheese knife and wondered whether all the locals knew something sinister about it that we didn’t. With some trepidation, we cut into its oozy interior and I kid you not, after one taste of its creamy, salty, ripe complexity we both thought it was the best cheese we’d ever had. We learned from our waiter that the cheese was called Eppoisse and after some research, discovered that this unpasteurised cow’s milk cheese was declared “King of All Cheeses” by none other than Brillat-Savarin himself.

For introducing us to the delectable Eppoisse and allowing us to be cheese guzzling pigs, Chez Casimir gets the runner up spot. For those keen on trying Chez Casimir for lunch on weekends they offer “brunch” with an all you can eat dessert buffet for 26€ and for dinner they offer 2 courses for 24€, 3 courses for 28€ or 4 courses (including cheese) for 32€.

Chez Casimiri, Paris, Gare du Nord, bistro, French,

Chez Casimir (L-R): top: the daily menu and crowd; middle: entrees – a generous brick of foie gras served with cassis and a warm chevre salad; lower bottom: mains – St Jacques scallops with celeriac mash and roast pork; bottom: desserts – blackberry compote and prune clafoutis

Chez Casimiri, Gare du Nord, Cheese course,

The exemplary cheese course. Eat your fill of stinky gooey cheese… But what’s that untouched cheese there?

Chez Casimiri, L'eppouisse, cheese, French, Paris, Gare du Nord,

Diving into the Eppoisse cheese. Best. Cheese. Ever.

Gone are the days when a holiday to Europe automatically meant it had to cost an arm and a leg and had you limping home debt-laden. We ate like royalty at excellent value eateries and bistros across London and Paris now and I’m more than a little sad and disappointed to say – we’ve seen excellent fare and flavours, better produce and paid less than I would have for equivalent meals in my own hometown of Sydney.

To complete this post I’d like to address another major cost factored into holiday spending – accommodation. I wouldn’t classify accommodation in Paris as cheap by any stretch, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find good value there either. We stayed in an excellent Airbnb apartment overlooking Rue des Francs Bourgeois right in the heart of the Marais. It was a relatively spacious 70m², one bedroom apartment with a separate living area, a large kitchen and bathroom and whilst you can definitely find cheap Airbnb apartments that the owner occupies, sublets and vacates last minute on demand, this one thankfully was a straight rental apartment without personal accoutrements that made us feel like we were trespassing in someone’s home. All smack bang in the middle of the Marais so we could saunter downstairs for a coffee, croissant and be immediately immersed in busy Paris. When we booked and stayed in our apartment, for the equivalent price we paid we could only find 2 star hotel rooms that were located much further from the centre of Paris.

And when you have access to an equipped kitchen, you don’t have to frequent bistros and cafes if that doesn’t take your fancy – you find ever better value amongst the stalls of the local markets. That’s how we happily spent many days, perusing the markets and ogling and sampling the fresh, vibrant produce on display.

Air BnB, apartment, Marais, Paris

The living area of our lovely apartment in the Marais (photo taken from the property’s AirBnB page).

Markets, Marais, Paris, oysters, olives, cheese, saucisson, coffee, cocoa,

Our spacious apartment in the Marais with amazing markets and vibrant produce a short walk away. Coffee and cocoa; a rainbow palette of olives, cheese and saucisson; and fresh oysters and mussels

Markets, Marais, Paris, bread, flowers, vegetables, seafood

Wandering around the Marais and more market produce – flowers, vegetables, bread and fresh seafood

We couldn’t resist buying some of the delicious produce to create a very satisfying market brunch and enjoyed it with our balcony windows open and overlooking the bustling street below.

Marais, Paris, market produce, cheese, bread, olives, figs, oysters, tomatoes

A simple spread of fresh market produce – the most amazing, flavourful tomatoes; fresh plump oysters; sweet figs; ripe cheese, olives and warm, fresh bread.

wild mushrooms, chanterelles, porcini, black trumpets, hedgehog mushrooms, fungi,

The most exciting thing about autumn in Paris – wild mushrooms galore! Crate upon crate of fresh chanterelles, porcini, hedgehog mushrooms and black trumpets

And you know what little treasure I also found in the markets? Mushrooms! Crate upon crate of fresh wild mushrooms from all over France – cepes (as they’re known in French or porcini mushrooms in Italian), black trumpets, chanterelles and hedgehog mushrooms. It sparked off a fevered frenzy inside me and it was all the impetus I needed to drag the Co-pilot on long mushroom hunts through the forests of France – and yes, we found some real beauties. More mushrooming foraging madness coming soon.

Addresses:

Pramil:

9 rue Vertbois, 75003 Paris

Tel: +33 1 42 72 03 60; email: apramil@free.fr

Open for lunch Tues – Sat noon – 3pm; dinner Tues – Sun 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Closed Mondays

Nearest Metro stops: Arts et Métiers, République & Temple

www.pramilrestaurant.fr 

Le Baratin:

3 rue Jouye-Rouve 75020 Paris

Tel: +33 1 43 49 39 70

Open for lunch Tues – Fri 12:15pm – 2pm; dinner Tues – Fri 7:30pm – 11pm and Sat 7:30 – 11pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Nearest Metro stops: Jourdain, Pyrénées & Belleville

Bistrot Paul Bert:

18 rue Paul-Bert Paris 75011 Paris

Tel : +33 1 43 72 24 01

Open for lunch Tues – Sat noon – 2pm; dinner Tues – Sat 7:30pm – 11pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays and August.

Nearest Metro stops: Faidherbe – Chaligny, Rue des Boulets & Charonne

Glou:

101 rue Vieille-du-Temple 75003 Paris

Tel: +33 1 42 74 44 32

Open Mon – Fri lunch from noon – 2pm and dinner 8pm – 11pm; Sat lunch from noon – 5pm and dinner from 8pm – 11:30pm; Sunday lunch from noon – 5pm and dinner from 8pm – 10:30pm; public holidays lunch from noon – 3pm and dinner from 8pm – 10:30pm

Nearest Metro stops: Rambuteau, Saint-Sébastien-Froissart & Chemin Vert

www.glou-resto.com

Au Passage:

1 bis, passage Saint-Sébastien 75011 Paris

Tel: +33 1 43 55 07 52

Open for lunch Mon – Fri noon – 2pm; dinner Mon – Sat 8pm – 10:30pm. Closed Sundays

Nearest Metro stops: Filles du Calvaire, Oberkampf, Richard Lenoir & Saint-Sébastien-Froissart

www.facebook.com/aupassage

Chez Casimir:

6 rue de Belzunce 75010 Paris

Tel: +33 1 48 78 28 80

Open for lunch Mon-Tue 11:45pm – 2.30pm and dinner from 6:45pm – 10.30pm; Wed – Fri noon – 10.30pm; Sat – Sun 10am – 7pm

Nearest Metro stop: Gare du Nord, Poissonnière & Barbès – Rochechouart

 

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1 Rosie June 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

What a beautiful looking blog post. I started reading it but gave up cos today is a fast day and reading about all this wonderful food is NOT a good idea. I love your life. You eat huge amounts of really really tasty food and you are both reed thin. Enjoy!! XXX

2 Sophia June 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

Yihihi! So excited to try some of these when I’m in Paris!

3 Richard Elliot June 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Wow those look like some fantastic value meals. Travelling on the mighty AUD must have made them a steal!

You are making me want to jump on a train a get to Paris quick smart.
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4 Reemski June 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

So excited to read this Trina! Making me SO excited about my trip in December, with hopes I can take the little person to some of these places and enjoy tasty lunches!

5 Gaby June 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

I’m bookmarking this post for whenever I get the chance to visit Paris. Good one!
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6 Forager October 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Hey Rosie – We certainly don’t always eat as well as we did in Paris. I reminisce on our meals and market forays there very fondly – but no doubt Phi & Liv have plenty more finds to add to the list now!

Hey Sophia – You’ll have to give us tips on the newest best value bistros in Paris now!

Hey Richard – You bet! Not as good as when we were 1:1 with the USD, but we certainly weren’t complaining!

Hey Reemski – Oh Christmas in Europe will be excellent – a proper white Christmas! Hope your little one enjoys it and allows you to as well!

Hey Gaby – I’m sure there will be even more amazing places to try whenever you end up going. Let’s face it – you can’t really go wrong when you’re in Paris!

7 Chantelle October 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I probably shouldn’t have come looking at articles like this just before lunchtime! What a beautiful and mouth-watering selection of photos you have here. I have to admit that creme caramel looks *amazing* right now 😉
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8 Personal Trainer Lady Putney November 27, 2014 at 12:14 am

I’m drooling just looking at these! What an amazing selection of food!

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