If Montparnasse’s new Bistro T restaurant follows in the footsteps of Thoumieux, founded in 1923 by the owner’s great grandfather, it will become a Parisian institution. Repeat visits, regulars and good old fashioned word of mouth suggest that Bistro T is already on a fast track to fame. The secret is balance – the food is put on equal footing as the laidback, quietly groovy art deco design. In the kitchen, head chef Christian Béguet, who worked at Thoumieux for nearly 30 years, emphasises quality without pretense to serve up a want-it-all menu of traditional French bistro dishes at relaxed prices. In short, Bistro T is a brilliant example of bistronomy - the trend of combining simple bistro decor with great food.