Père Fouettard
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 1st arrondissement, Dining under €15, Wine Bar

Père Fouettard
9 Rue Pierre Lescot, 1st
Tel 01 42 33 74 17
M° Etienne Marcel

I used to really like this old fashioned wine bistro just outside Les Halles. The lunch menu of €13 (including a glass of wine) is excellent value. But the last few times I’ve eaten here, I’ve found the food really a let down. Weird desserts (a jello parfait?), cold duck breast (I suspected it was pulled out of a fridge and heated up), and overdone vegetables. My vegetarian companions liked their quiches. In the past I’ve enjoyed the Pot au Feu and the foie gras with toasts. Hit and miss, that’s for sure, but still a great mood and a huge terrace on the pedestrian-street for some good people watching.

Also bonus points for not just being open on New Year's Eve, but also giving guests the option of ordering from the regular menu in addition to the reasonably-priced holiday menu. Most restaurants only have absurdly huge feasts (with accompanying prices) on December 31.

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