Paris: To dine for

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01 September 2008
  • Bistrot Paul BertBistrot Paul Bert: the most famous steak and chips in ParisAtelier Maître Albert main dining room Aux Lyonnais: shredded pork knuckle and foie gras

Can food lovers still afford to fall in love with Paris? Yes, but only if you know where to eat.

Ah, Paris, we love you for your Michelin stars, your glamorous chefs, your foie gras, your fromage, your long-aproned waiters, your starched linen, your Champagne trolleys. And we hate you for your horrendous bills.

But just because the euro is strong and the economy is weak, our love affair with Paris need not be over. The real beauty of Paris lies not in its vast breadth of restaurants, but in its depth. The same city that gives us a three-star Michelin experience for $1000 for two is the same city in which we can dine in a glittering brasserie, feast all night in a great bistro, or hang out with the locals at a great cafe for no more than it would cost at home.

The best news is that there is a new generation of young Parisian chefs moving away from expensive, elitist, formal dining; using their imagination and skills to bring modest daily market menus to the masses. Variously called bistronomy, neo-bistro or bistronomique, it is the most influential dining movement in France since nouvelle cuisine. And it’s very, very good news for us all, raising the bar for French dining while at the same time lowering the bill. Paris, we can love you still.

Aux Lyonnais
32 Rue Saint-Marc, 2er.
+33 1 4296 6504.


Bofinger
5-7 Rue de la Bastille, 4er.
+33 1 4272 8782.


Bistrot du Dôme

1 Rue Delambre, 14er.
+33 1 4335 3200.

Chez L’Ami Jean
27 Rue Malar, 7e.
+33 1 4705 8689.

Le Comptoir
9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 6er.
+33 1 4427 0797.

La Fontaine de Mars
129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 7er.
+33 1 4705 4644.

Afaria
15 Rue Desnouettes, 15er.
+33 1 4856 1536.

Bistrot Paul Bert
18 Rue Paul Bert, 11er.
+33 1 4372 2401.

Atelier Maître Albert
1 Rue Maître-Albert, 5er.
+33 1 5681 3001.

Spring
28 Rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 9er.
+33 1 4596 0572.

Les Cocottes de Christian Constant
135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 7er.
+33 1 4550 1031.

Les Papilles
30 Rue Gay-Lussac, 5er.
+33 1 4325 2079.


Source:
Qantas The Australian Way September 2008

Terry Durack

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