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Not a few gastro vans have cropped up on the city's boulevards since the Parisians first acquired a taste of street food a couple of years ago. Yet Bien Fait ('well done' or – more ironically – 'serves you right') stands out for the sheer quality of its victuals, lovingly prepared and elegantly served in a takeaway box.
The brainchild of Didier Bille, ex-engineer and peacekeeper, Bien Fait has been quietly making a name for itself since first appearing in June 2014. When we tracked it down at its Monday home by La Javelle, we understood why: we were greeted with a pretty setting, a beaming welcome and an appealingly simple menu. The choice is between two courses for €13 or three for €17; each course has two options, which change weekly. The cuisine is straightforward, though still a notch above the average fast food truck: lentils and boiled egg, raw meat and fried potatoes, fish with tomato and pepper sauce – in brief, healthy and flavoursome. We were served right indeed.