Traditional Bistro in the 6th
Even after reading numerous posts I'm still conflicted about which bistro to go to in the 6th. It will be for our first night in Paris and I'd really like to have traditional food in an old fashioned bistro. Please tell me which one is "right" to kick off this trip. Thank you.
Two immediately come to mind. If you like moules in their various states of preparation and or huitres, there's a lovely little place called L'Atlas Brasserie on rue de Buci in the sixth (the Moules au bleu are to die for); not far from there is Allard on rue St-André-des-Arts, which is the prototypical bistrot Parisienne. If you like duck and if you love olives, you will be very pleased with the duck smothered in olives. We're traveling to Paris on Thursday and we'll be sure to grab a meal at either one or both.
If you'd consider the 5th (close enough), I strongly recommend Moissonnier. It's a small, cozy, relatively quiet bistro, speciallizing in food from the Burgundy region. My husband and I ate there for the third time when we were in Paris over the Thanksgiving holiday. Their quenelle de brochet is a spectacular treat: one huge cloud-like quenelle in a casserole - for one person! I was terrified when I saw it arrive at someone else's table while we were sharing an appetizer because it was so enormous. "Surely that can't be for one person. Two of those people must be sharing it." But no. Mine arrived shortly thereafter and the whole thing was, in fact, for me. As I spoon a portion of it onto my plate, I was imagining sending half of it back, unfinished, and trying to explain that it was great, but way too much food. Fast forward 20 minutes or so, and zoom in on a casserole dish, empty but for the remains of some sauce nantua. And that was only because we ran out of bread with which to sop it up.
28, rue des Fossés St-Bernard
+-1 43 20 98 65
Just wanted to report back that we ate at Josephine chez Dumonet...twice. It was that wonderful. The Grand Marnier Souffle, duck confit, chateaubriand with bernaise saue were just incredible. We felt so welcome by the staff. There is no question that we would be regulars if we lived in Paris.