You know the drill - you find yourself in Les Halles but never know where to eat. Our solution? Covet this address and avoid recommending it to everyone you know. Be warned, they don’t take reservations, but diners are always ready to squeeze up and fit you in. Rue du Roule’s L’Express bar has a southwestern French feel and does a stunningly good value €15 three-course menu, both at lunchtime and dinner. Don’t expect anything fussy – fresh, homemade egg mayonnaise, delicious steak tartare and to finish, a faultless chocolate mousse. And of course the whole affair should be washed down with some good red. This is the kind of neighbourhood spot in which you’ll always want to eat, drink and be merry. Just keep it to yourself, okay?
TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE