Hallelujah! The Parisian bistro is alive and kicking.
Frozen frites, unappetising steak tartare and mayonnaise containing without a trace of egg… the Parisian bistro has fallen on hard times. Thankfully, certain restaurateurs, like Pierre from Café de Mars, are fighting the resistance. With its red-white-blue decor, period tiles, blackboard menu and Suze carafes, we could quickly see this becoming our new favourite spot. And we’re not alone. As soon as it’s open, the regulars file in, blowing kisses to the boss.
Things start off well with a light brew from the Brussels Beer Project (€7) and a croque-monsieur (€9). It’s more of an open sandwich, with ham, béchamel and a good celery garnish. The fish of the day (€18), a cod filet with anise, lentil daal and a few leaves of spinach is a perfectly executed example of market kitchen cooking. To go with our Coutume coffee, is a mini walnut and salted caramel tart. Completely irresistible. Expect us to hurry back – especially for their jazz lunch on Saturdays.
|Venue name:||Le Café de Mars||Contact:|
11 rue Augereau
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat midday-2.30pm, 7.30-11.30pm (reservation advised).|
|Transport:||Metro: Ecole Militaire ou La Tour-Maubourg|
|Price:||Lunch three-course set menu €35|