Looking for the ultimate in classic French cuisine at a reasonable price in a dreamy hideaway atmosphere?....make sure you head to the 11th arrondissment and try out one of my favorite Parisian bistros: Chez Paul on rue de Charonne.
I was delighted with all of the fare offered on the à la carte menu but after a thorough review I decided on the in the very authentic soupe à l'oignon. Imagine a perfectly oniony broth filled with to-die-for gooey gruyère and moist floating baguette slices... yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
I then indulged in sardines grilled with sel de guerande on a watercress salad accompanied by the most delectable gratin dauphinois à la noix de muscade.....I tell you what there was moaning at my table!
I was also lucky enough to try the pâté de foie de volailles and the steak au poivre, all completely perfect and in such a quaintly cute French entourage. Not a word of English was spoken but the air was clear of snootiness. The men at the table across from me were dressed with iconic French details: one sported a typical white and blue striped marine shirt and the other a foulard....all that was missing was a man wearing a beret.
So hop on the metro and stroll the dreamy streets of the Bastille area and don't forget to stop by Chez Paul for dinner one night. You will not be deçu ( disappointed )!
This place is so good I just realized I already wrote about it in 2009 when I started my blog...:)