Best Bargain Restaurants in Paris, Ideally, Near Bir-Hakeim/Eiffel Tower or Metro
I will be in Paris for a few weeks in late April, and would like to have a few nice meals while there.
Can you recommend a reasonably priced bistro or cafe near the Bir-Hakeim Metro (Eiffel Tower area), or an easy Metro ride away?
Extra points for restaurants with good fish entrees.
What do you mean by "early evening"? If before 7pm (positively un-parisien!) and finish by 8, no need to book since you will probably have the place to yourself. But, for early dining, you might find limited choices and sub-standard cooking. Despite the continuous-hours label, I suspect kitchens only get into full swing during conventional meal times (noon to 2:30pm and 7:30 to 10pm)
Like many basque restaurants, Au Dernier Métro has a sports-bar tendency. If going in the next few weeks, I'd check the sports/ TV schedule before making a rezzie to make sure you don't collide with a televised rugby game. (Basques are rugby fanatics... and become even more fanatical for the April/ May end-of-season big games)
I quite agree with Au Dernier Métro (great value!), la Cantine du Troquet Dupleix (nice vibe and great terrace), and Le CasseNoix. You can also try Feyrouz on the rue Lourmel for falafel.
Just-across-the-river Passy in the 16th can be good hunting grounds. Chaumette on the rue Gros is a trad resto with mostly lyonnaise cooking... and not bad. The cool kids (and me) tend to like the winebar-ish l'Ogre at 1 avenue de Versailles in the same area (and getting there via the Pont Bir-Hakeim/ Allée des Cygnes/ Pont de Grenelle is half the fun).