What they say about us
A true institution among Parisian bistros, the Bistrot du Peintre is often reviewed in guidebooks and referenced on specialized websites. Thus, the very authoritative United States Zagat or the Japanese magazine Tabi recommend the Bistrot. Here is what they say about Bistrot du Peintre, in France as well as throughout the world:
“Very typical restaurant/bar of the begining of the 20th century. Food is good, the mood is lively and there is a nice terrass for warm summer days. Not an intimate place but nice for relaxed lunch or diners with friends.”
“Great restaurant for a evening dinner on a terrace. Bone Merow is good, sardines in season are great, classic dishes such as tartare and steak are good and great duck confit.”
“If you want a good confit de canard, this is THE place. Also their profiteroles are to die for.”
“Very good traditional French cuisine in an old fashioned Paris's Bistrot! Worth seing it.“
Het café werd bijna 110 jaar geleden gebouwd, de inrichting is in een prachtige art nouveau-stijl en de vissoep kost hier 4,90 euro.
February 16, 2011
The trouble with dating someone who always thinks he’s right is that, sometimes, he actually is. On my most recent visit to Paris, my BF and I got into a lot of food-related debates, and I have to admit, he knows his stuff. While I tend to keep my ear to the ground for news about new restaurants, emerging chefs, and more concept-driven eateries, he has quietly and discerningly been working his way through old-school establishments that offer exquisite traditional cuisine in pretension-free (and mostly tourist-free) settings. He pays very little attention to reviews or buzz, so when he labels a place “legit,” I’ve learned to take note.
He recently introduced me to the Bistrot du Peintre, a two-story Art Nouveau eatery that’s been around since 1902. It’s located in the 11th, a short walk from the Bastille and the Marais, but slightly out of the fray. Upon entering, I noticed the place was busy but calm, the tables full of relaxed French people who work in the quartier or who have probably been coming here for years, because they know what we now know: this place is legit.
We settled into a cozy banquette on the upper level and—like most of the other diners—ordered the day’s featured dishes: a silky mushroom soup with a secret ball of mozzarella at the bottom (sneaky! delicious!), braised pork on a mountain of velvety French lentils, and a not-too-creamy brandade de Cabillaud.
So on this day, tradition trumped trendiness. And while some of Paris’ more buzzed-about restaurants continue to pique my interest, it seems that many of them are still “finding themselves,” and they often miss the mark (or hit it, and charge exorbitant prices as a result). So, buzz be damned. Bistrot du Peintre is reasonably-priced, conveniently located, ultra-authentic and totally delicious. In other words, this place is legit.
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Le Bistrot du Peintre
116 avenue Ledru Rollin
+33 (0)1 47 00 34 39
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