What about Café Panique (10eme)?
I’ve searched this site for comments about Café Panique (10eme), and have found none. In June (2009) we enjoyed a table for four at this classy little neighborhood place, just a few minutes from the often-mentioned Chez Michel.
Have others tried Panique? Although it has a Bib Gourmand recommendation from the Guide Michelin, so far it’s unnoticed by Zagat . . . .
The self-taught woman chef, Odile Guyader, is formerly a teacher of German -- but fortunately that does not show in the contemporary cuisine. (Take a look at the menu and carte on the web site: http://www.cafepanique.com/ )
The stylish room, previously a textile workshop, is brightly lit by a large skylight. The kitchen is open, behind windows atop a counter. A spiral staircase seems to offer seating above, but when we were there it was not in use, and in any event it seems preferable to be on the main floor where you can watch the kitchen and staff at work.
There is an art-gallery feel about the place, and if I recall correctly, a gallery is located right next door.
Our bill (immediately prior to the VAT reduction of July 2009) was 119 euros for two -- including two menus (32 euro each), aperitifs, one large Chateldon, a good bottle of wine, and expresso for one.
Café Panique, 12, rue des Messageries (10eme). Métro: Poissenniere. Tel. 01.47.70.06.84.