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One of the best and longest running restaurants in Paris, Allard has been no less than a culinary legacy in the city. Run by the Allard family for 8 decades, the reigns were handed over to one of the world's most acclaimed Monegasque chef Alain Ducasse in the year 2013. An authentic Parisian bistro tucked away in Saint Germain des Pres, the red couches, patterned walls and wooden shelves exude the old world French charm. The menu of the restaurant offers exquisite and authentic French delicacies from cheese platters, sweetbreads, grilled meats and foie gras. Go for a glass or two of French wine and needless to say, French dessert to end your meal. Relish the bistro delights of this historic Parisian restaurant.
Au Rocher de Cancale is the classic French bistro, from its gleaming zinc bar to its battered wooden tables. Its old-school air shouldn't be surprising – the restaurant opened in 1846. In those days, it was no casual bistro, but a grand restaurant where the likes of Stendhal and Balzac dined. Today, although it is more modest, it still serves top-rate French cuisine. Try the Saumon Rôti au Pistou (roasted salmon with pesto) or Pavé de Canard aux five Épices (duck with five spices). And remember to take a moment to stand before the restaurant to admire its beautiful neo-Renaissance façade. On Sundays, the restaurant is popular for its copious brunch.
If you're looking for a place that serves fine french food with a great wine pairing, then enter Au Bascou restaurant. Along with your wine, order dishes made from lamb, rabbit, sole, veal, or ham. Most of the recipes are from France's Southwest region. Noteworthy dishes are the tartare of salmon with cauliflower cream, the Axoa de veau comme à Espelette and the chocolate short cake with raspberry ganache.
If you are looking for a quality Parisian meal, then La Ferrandaise Restaurant is for you. Not only is the interior gorgeous, with carved stone walls and plush black booths, but the menu is to die for. Every dish offered is composed of high quality ingredients, particularly the beef and cheese. Whether you are searching for the perfect restaurant to take your date, family or friends, La Ferrandaise is the ideal place for all.
La Bastille used to be the area where furniture was made, and cabinet-makers, joiners, and other artisans were regular patrons of this traditional bistro. Today, the atmosphere remains homely and the restaurant is so full, it's ready to burst. Salad with warm goat cheese, beef with Bearnaise sauce, and homemade desserts are just some of the unpretentious dishes offered here.
Le Chateaubriand is not like every other French bistro you would come across. Of course, the French attitude is very much present, however, the food has contemporary touches to it, and the cuisine revolutionized. The food is fresh and quite reasonable in price for what you get in quality. The atmosphere is comfortable and casual, which the patrons evidently seem to enjoy. Try the entree of raw shrimp and avocado puree, rare beef filet with bok choy and chocolate ganache (a rich, smooth chocolate dessert served with mango and foam); a perfect end to a good meal.
A French bistro with a difference who has got a cult following of loyal admirers would be the apt description for La Mère Agitée. A convivial ambiance in a creatively unorganized space is what greets you when you enter this restaurant. Festooned with poster, photos and postcards from customers, chef and owner Valerie Delahay puts up the menu for the day on a blackboard that features a starter, main and dessert. But then what you get is of the utmost quality such as their famous pig's head with red cabbage which has been a raging success since 1995. If you are looking out for unpretentious hearty meal, then La Mère Agitée is worth a visit.
This restaurant is a favorite of many who enjoy wholesome country food. Its ambiance is that of an old rustic dining room, with large tables and simple settings. It also has its own delicatessen, which stocks more than 800 regional products; making it also one of the more popular specialty grocery stores. Also known for food festivals that are organized here, Granterroirs is ideal for family outings - it is not to be missed!
For Basque cuisine, you don't have to go all the way to Spain. Chez L'Ami Jean offers Basque cuisine in all its authenticity. Try the Bayonne Ham, Confit of Duck with small sautéed potatoes or Saumon de L'Adour (Adour salmon) with Béarnaise Sauce. Tourists and locals throng this place for its delicious fares.
If you're looking for some non-traditional French cuisine, then this cozy bistro is perfect. With a friendly atmosphere and a location close to the Eiffel tower, Au Bon Accueil is an excellent choice for a quiet meal. Try the seared tuna or braised & shredded beef wrapped in chard served with creamed potatoes. In summer, the terrace allows you a pleasant sight of the Eiffel Lathe.
Victor is a lovely French bistro in the 16th district and not very far away from Trocadero. It features a seasonally-evolving and fairly-priced, authentic menu made from some of the freshest, local ingredients. Wine aficionados will be delighted with the extensive vino list on offer. Opt for a Rose or the regional specialty, Grand Cru. The interiors are simple and welcoming, with dazzling chandeliers adding the glam quotient. Try signature dishes Salade Victor Hugo and Butcher's cut of beef in a Roquefort sauce and served with sauteed mushrooms and Landon.
Congratulations go to L'Os à Moelle's talented chef, Thierry Faucher, for the miracles he works in his kitchen and the sheer variety of delights he produces. With a CV that reads like a Who's Who of the culinary world (he previously collaborated with the famous chef, Christian Constant, at the Crillon) his reputation is deservedly well-established. Simple but elegant fare, including fried bream on semolina and light chocolate dumplings with nuts and caramel sauce; congenial service and an engaging atmosphere.