Using the term "bistro" rather loosely, you can choose from Carpe Diem, Corneil, Casa Olympe, Georgette, Carte Blanche, Bistro Canaille, Aromatik, Auberge du Clou and others that I can't bring to mind right now, but hang on because John Talbott and A. in P. know this area intimately.
"Carpe Diem, Corneil, Casa Olympe, Georgette, Carte Blanche, Bistro Canaille, Aromatik, Auberge du Clou and others that I can't bring to mind right now, but hang on because John Talbott and A. in P. know this area intimately"
1. A in P c'est moi, a nom de guerre from another forum.
2. I do not have either Laidback's experience, or, most importantly his palette, re the restos of my own hood or any hood.
Of the list, Carpe Diem, Corneil, Casa Olympe, Georgette, Carte Blanche, Bistro Canaille, Aromatik, Auberge du Clou, plus le Petit Canard:
I liked Carte Blanche, Bistro Canaille, Aromatik, Auberge du Clou (but may be strongly influenced by the good vibrations).
I liked a lot Pétrelle, not on list.
Found Georgette so so. Not bad, but not much different from well-made home cooking.
Did not like Casa Olympe.
Friends dined at le Petit Canard last fall and liked it very much. I have always liked it but found its current somewhat unfresh exterior forboding. Probably very unfair of me. Plus in recent years I have been enamoured with the ferme-auberges in the Dordogne and Lot regions and their farm-fresh aiguillettes. Doubly, triply unfair to Le Petit Canard, infidèle besides...
igorm, the 9th has several excellent markets: rue des Martyrs, place d'Anvers (Friday afternoon maraîchers vendors ***), rue Richer (kosher), rue Lepic (really in the 18th but walking-distance near). Esp if you are staying in a apartment, you must not miss out on the simple yet excellent enjoyment of Paris markets.
I wasn't too thrilled with Casa Olympe, either. The appetizer of sliced fried mushrooms was delicious, but the fish main was IMO slightly undercooked and not that interesting, and the dessert (something like a clafoutis, but more liquid, I forget the name) was too sweet.
What about Chez Grenouille? Haven't been there myself.
I haven't been to Chez Grenouille, but will next week on the advice of my mentor, Dr. Talbott
There is no apologia for taste. I have only been to Casa Olympe perhaps 4 times through the years, but have never been disappointed; the lamb shoulder for 2 is a Gargantuan dish which always satisfies my desire for "country cooking". I am also a fan of the Patrimonia wines from Corsica which are sometimes available, since Olympe Versini has Corsican roots. I think she was the 1st female chef to receive a star years ago, but turned her back on it and opened her little spot in the 9th, serving simpler, heartier dishes. à chacun son gout.
"but hang on because John Talbott"
Yes that's my real name, for whatever it's worth. Sorry I'm late in replying but M. Delanoye (our mayor) and Mme Flick (our Amurican judge, for pix see Facebook) diverted me to the celebration of the Best Baguette of 2010,
OK so, Laidback laid out some possibilities.
Aromatik and Chez Grenouille
Which to go to?; oh oh, they're both terrific.
Gosh, either will do just fine.