|Enjoying some mighty fine bread at Bistro Paul Bert|
As we arrived it certain looked like the classic French bistro with red awnings and wicker chairs out front. As we looked at the chalk board menu hanging outside I was pleased to see a few spare tables as I feared with the restaurants reputation it might be full.
Stepping inside I hopefully asked the table for two. The waiter looked worryingly dismissive when I said we didn't have a reservation and then pointed to a small table in the middle of the restaurant near the bar.
|Rabbits livers with death mushrooms|
There was the choice for two starters, three mains and two different desserts or cheese. We decided to split our choices so that we could order as much of the menu as possible.
|Cream split pea soup|
Becks ordered the cream split pea soup which came served in an over sized Pyrex bowl. I loved the classic "we don't really care"bistro attitude of using such an absurd bowl. I don't think they were trying to be 'cool' or 'hipster' it's just the way they do things. The soup was was the winning starter. Rich from the cream and subtly flavoured with the split peas.
|Duck breast with quince and house puree|
We swapped mains half way through so that we could get try both dishes. I swapped my duck for the rumpsteak, frites and bearnaise sauce. The star was undoubtedly the bearnaise sauce which was one of the best I've had in ages and I proceeded to smother everything in it.The chips were enjoyably crunchy. The beef was slightly on the chewy side.
|Steak frites with bearnaise sauce|
I wouldn't make any 'best meal ever' calls about our lunch; the beef was a little chewy and the duck bland for that. However, at €19 for three courses you couldn't expect the 'best meal ever' and it was exceptional value for what it was. We got a classic French bistro experience to boot.
|Coffee ordered purely for the mini canale|
Bistro Paul Bert
18 rue Paul-Bert
Tel : +33 1 43 72 24 01