Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 1st arrondissement, Dining under €15, Open Late, Wine Bar

Bar de l’Entracte
47 Rue de Montpensier, 1st
Tel 01 42 97 57 76
M° Palais Royal

Every once in awhile it’s a good idea for those of us who work from home to get out and socialize with other humans, so my colleagues and I meet as often as possible for lunch and unrestrained shop talk. This month was a challenge, since we were looking for cheap, central, and, preferably, open. The Bar de l’Entracte fit the bill perfectly. Located on a tiny street just outside the Jardins du Palais Royal (within sight of the Grand Véfour, mind you), the minuscule café with the zinc bar and nicotine-stained walls is open every day in August from noon until midnight.

FYI, there are “L’Entracte” cafés all over Paris, even one next door to me. Its name translates “The Intermission” (there’s a theatre nearby). We grabbed a table just inside, overlooking the terrace, and ordered Croque Monsieur sandwiches (mine had goat cheese and tomato sauce, although the chicken curry one looked good, too). They come accompanied with a little green salad with a tasty dressing that we forgot to ask about. The owner Philippe is very friendly, but don’t try and eat here if you’re in a hurry. As usual for us, we weren’t. With a bottle of Gamay and espresso between four, the bill came to about €13 each.

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