Report: Le Bistrot de Jean-Luc,a great inexpensive find in the 8th
As soon as possible, I suggest (as does my husband) that you make it immediately to "Le Bistrot de Jean-Luc" at 41 rue de Penthièvre - 01 43 59 23 99, in the 8th, near the Miromesnil stop (metro 9 and 13).
On our two week long vacation to Paris we ate here no less than 3 times. It was amazing--and consistently so! Here we had duck, chicken, fish, potatoes gruyere, veal, fried potatoes, algae, salad, omelette and charcuterie! Not to mention, tarte aux pommes, tarte tatin, un moellux chocolat (chocolate cake), ice cream with chantilly cream, and even the air smells great!
They offer a "formule" for 22 Euro's which includes either an appetizer and a main dish or a main dish and a dessert, both of which include coffee. There is a standing menu and a changing array of "plats du jour."
While in France we ate at many places, from higher to lower end and can say without a doubt that this was the best. The service was impeccable, the professionalism and kindness of both the waiter and chef-owner were unforgettable.
John Talbot, sir, I have read and utilized your recommendations with glee. Now (wink), take my advice and head to this restaurant for a delightful meal. The rest of you, as well, would do yourselves a favor and visit this amazing restaurant. The staff is small and smiling and they do not mind "foreigners," if you are there to eat they are there to serve. The standard menu does have an English translation, however the "plats du jour" do not. The staff speaks very little English, but if all else fails, just point.
They will even warm your tarte for you if that is the way you fancy it!
Report back with your own experiences.
I read somewhere that they are closed on Saturday and Sunday. In my experience, they make up for that by being open much later than other similar establishments (I saw no posted hours).