Friday, November 28, 2008
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 2nd arrondissement, Bourse, Cozy, Dining €15-€30, France, Historic, Palais Royal, Paris, Parisian bistro, Wine Bar, Wine bar, dining

Le Mesturet
77 rue de Richelieu, 2nd
M° Bourse
Tel 01 42 97 40 68

Last month I had a wonderful meal at a typical French bistro hidden on a side street between the Opéra and Palais Royal. Le Mesturet has the long zinc bar, the vintage wine bottle chandeliers, and traditional French fare and wines. Their winter menu includes paté, foie gras, escargots, rabbit fillet, lamb, veal and, coq au vin...there's fish, but strict vegetarians shoud go elsewhere!

Their prices are very good, with an express menu at the bar for €9, the dish of the day at the bar for €10, two-course formules at €21 and three-course menus at €27 for both lunch and dinner.

And don't miss a very unique duck burger, Le Canard Burger, with foie gras, duck breast, grilled veggies and a salad, for €10.50!

The friendly owner Alain Fontaine and his chef Pascal Brot are very accommodating to groups and can provide multilingual menus, but this is hardly a tourist restaurant, and seems to be mostly a locals' establishment.

Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-midnight, and on Saturday from 7pm-midnight.

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