I’ve been to Paris quite a few times and have eaten in some great places, some not so great and some terrible. Every time there has always been the hunt for ‘Le Bistro!’
You know, that little place that you want to discover just off a busy street, maybe on the Left Bank or near the Grand Boulevards which is full of locals and the occasional lucky tourist like yourself. Where the menu fix prix lunch menu is small but perfect and is peppered with classics like French onion soup, goats cheese salad, coq au vin, moules frites, steak frites and crème caramel or mousse au chocolat to finish and all reasonably priced and with a great wine list too! Where the staff are friendly and attentive and the décor while simple, has character, with low lighting accentuated by candles stuffed into old wine bottles.
Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to find this type of place in Paris than you might think (Chartier comes close with the food, but the service can be a bit hit or miss) but I have found it much closer to home at Chez Jules.
The set lunch menu, which is available every day from 12 to 4 is incredibly good value at £7.90 for two and £9.90 for three courses. With a perfectly quaffable house wine for £14.95 what’s not to love?
There is also a great à la carte menu available that has many classic bistro dishes — boudin noire aux pommes, lapin au moutarde, merquez, steak tartare, roast duck and chicken — along with plenty of fish and shellfish options and daily specials too. Escargot and frogs’ legs are also available if you are feeling adventurous.
Owned and run by restaurateur Pierre Levicky, the man behind the Pierre Victoire restaurant chain that started off in Edinburgh way back in the 90s, this is classic French bistro cooking done very well. It is not fancy, but if you are looking for somewhere for a quick lunch, a romantic evening or a bigger occasion with friends this can cover them all.
Address: 109 Hanover Street, EH1 4DJ
Phone: +44 131 226 6992