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Le BAT: Another place to avoid pesky Yankees run by ZKG/KGB alumni.

Le BAT, 16bis Boulevard Montmartre (Metro: Grands Boulevards), 01.42.46.14.25, closed weekends, is supposedly named Le BAT because at lunch it is a bar a tartares and at dinner a bar a tapas, but that's a gross understatement of its food. It's run by alumni from Ze Kitchen Galerie and Kitchen Galerie Bis and despite being in the midst of Chipotle and Hard Rock Cafe country offers food that is adventuresome, broad and interesting; and it's not ruinously priced - 22 E for 2 courses, 25 E for three; and it's all locals (for the moment at least). For pix and more see http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

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  1. It better be stellar because it's very very very difficult to turn that part of the Grands Boulevards into a destination for us snotty types. I'm gonna try it but if it's less than fab or if I get porté par la foule (of suburban teenagers), you shave off your beard, ok?

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    1. re: Parnassien

      I like Chipotle very much. But my snottiness must be different.

      1. re: Parnassien

        Look, I know, eating between the Hard Rock Cafe and Chipotle is a challenge; but you can do it Parnassien. Just don't look right or left and especially not at the hipsters and Bobo's on the sidewalk.
        Also, I'm way off topic, but long ago I shaved my beard off, which I grew after being gassed at the Chicago Democratic Convention and my wife and (then) 8 year old daughter came home and shreiked. I got the message.

        1. re: John Talbott

          No meal, grand or despicable is worth one hair from a proud bearded one !

          1. re: Rio Yeti

            Thanks Rio, I needed that, not that I've been eating poorly or the weather's been less than spectacular.
            John

          2. re: John Talbott

            Between Esmod, rue Montmartre, rue RIcher and the timeless Passages Couverts, that part of the Grands Boulevards is sneaking upward in hipness and especially in food hipness what with Passage 53, La Tute (shut up, Basque is hip), Le Stübli, Encore and Coinstot Vino.

            1. re: Parigi

              Oops, I was being too incoherently specific when I trashed the Grands Boulevards. I was just referring to the especially soulless stretch of the Boulevard Montmartre where JT would have us go. And yes, the surrounding quartier is full of interest, foodwise and other. Indeed the only time the bd Montmartre gives me joy is when I cross it to get from the Passage Jouffroy to the Passage des Panoramas. And hey, maybe we should start a new thread on "passages couverts" eateries.

              1. re: Parnassien

                "a new thread on 'passages couverts' eateries."

                Like.

        2. The location indeed is very odd for a place with high food stds.The area is very touristy and busy. .
          So in all of this you have a place where you eat and drink very well at quite a reasonable price.An example is a choice of seafood tapas with 50cl belgium draft beer.for 9 euros
          Perhaps this reinforces a trend of worthy new eateries sprouting out in the area.

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          1. re: pierre

            Haven't the young chefs in the last decade or few demonstrated the feasibility of locating in offbeat areas? This one is at least rather easy to get to. If a trend, it would be a new and welcome kind of urban renewal!