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Gayridon in the 3eme: lovely little place

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Wandering in the neighborhood we're staying in while in Paris for a month, we came across this cute little place: 19 rue de Picardie (off of rue de Bretagne near Temple). The decor was at first a bit off-putting in its schizophrenia: 70s modern with colored lights on one side and rustic decor on the other. And the music was like disco meets blaxploitation (but it was not so loud that it was problem). But the food was really good -- southwest France with good foie gras, duck confit, and so on. We were 5 people (plus a child for whom they made a pasta dish) and had 2 bottles of wine, 3 apps divided between us, 5 mains, 2 desserts. 180 euros. 3 of the group had a really good dorade. I had a cuisse de canard which was really good. Excellent side potatoes. The salads had a great, subtle vinaigrette. The best, I think, was pork ribs (my sister-in-law's choice) with a not cloying honey sauce. Service (by the owner's mom) was a teeny bit slow but she was lovely. This is the sort of earnest, they're-really-trying-to-do-something-nice place that I think deserves to succeed. Others in the restaurant said they liked it too (I'm chatty with other customers when I want to learn about how a restaurant might be doing).

Not a destination place perhaps but a nice little find if you're in the area.

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  1. So it did not feel too much ghetto? I must say I would beware of a place named in such a militant manner -- not because of the cause, of course, but of course of the militantism.

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    1. re: souphie

      There were two solitary diners, a man and a woman, and we were a heterosexual family with toddler. I felt -- and saw -- nothing that suggested the restaurant was unwelcoming to a range of gender identities. Two American gay guys who were eating outside clearly had heard of the restaurant from some website but didn't give any sense of exclusivity or of minding that clearly non-gay customers were there.

      1. re: souphie

        There were two solitary diners, a man and a woman, and we were a heterosexual family with toddler. I felt -- and saw -- nothing that suggested the restaurant was unwelcoming to a range of gender identities. There were two American gay guys dining outside and they had heard of the resto from some website. They were warm and welcoming -- i..e, they gave off no indications that they minded clearly non-gay people being customers of the place. So we felt no sense of exclusiviity.