Bistrot des Tournelles
Ancient cash register? Check. Brass wall sconces? Check. Coat hooks hung so low they could’ve been installed for Napoleon? Those are here, too. You’ll find it all at this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it neighborhood bistro around the corner from the Bastille monument that’s perfect for an introductory (or farewell) traditional French meal.
Expect simple starters like crispy fried mushrooms and artichoke hearts doused in butter and plated with zero flair, practically-just-plucked sucrine lettuce served with a creamy mustard dressing, and mains like a fist-sized chicken cordon bleu. All dishes come with either thin and crispy frites, a whipped potato purée, or simple spinach. And while you’re the boss, waiters won’t hesitate to steer you towards what they recommend. (Fries for the hanger steak, purée for the Provencal beef stew.)
They’re also happy to counsel your wine selection, though there’s plenty of bistro-friendly Beaujolais too. This is a rare Paris spot with AC, so you won’t have to worry about breaking into a sweat in the summer while tucking into your foie gras.
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