What do you think of Bistro St. Ferdinand in Paris?
First of all, what's the address ? There are a couple of restos with Saint-Ferdinand as well as even more with Fernand or Fernan in their names.
There's a Bistro Saint Ferdinand on the boulevard Pereire near the Porte Maillot that's part of the small Grand Bistro group (which also includes the better Grand Bistro de Breteuil in the 7th)... decent and solid trad cuisine but not quite foodie heaven... usually quite full of folks from the nearby Palais des Congrès. And a café-brasserie Le Saint-Ferdinand on the place St Ferdinand, also in the 17th and a 5-min walk from the Palais des Congrès... standard not terribly remarkable brasserie fare and and a fare share of locals... more enoyable in summer when the strategic terrace can be used.
If you are in fact looking for a place near the Porte Maillot, I suggest La Maison on the place St Ferdinand... the trad cuisine is a notch or two above good but no surprises or gastronomique orgasms ... yet, lots of fun and a local hangout.
"Have not heard of it."
Me neither, except that a respected critic, Margaret Kemp of Bonjour Paris (disclosure, I used to work there and knew her) wrote it up on Oct 26, 2009.
But as I keep harping on here, break out of the Spring, Septime, Frenchie, Chez L'Ami Jean, Chez Denise, Paul Bert Three, Christian Constant Trio and occasional outliers like Les Papilles or Maceo and go for it and report back.
We need fresh blood here.