Robert et Louise
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The smell of wood smoke hits when you step in past the gingham curtains at Robert et Louise. Devoted to hearty, carnivorous cooking, this cosy restaurant does things the old-fashioned way: see the chef slice and pound meats in the open kitchen before tossing them on a grill over the open flames of a fireplace.
With beamed ceilings, tiled floors and brick walls, a vintage bike, an old wooden ladder, and a coffee mill turned pepper shake, the décor matches the cuisine. Diners are seated side by side at communal wooden tables, and a friendly, chatty atmosphere reigns. For more privacy just ask for your own table, or take a seat at the bar for your meal and a chat with the friendly, mustachioed wait staff.
The generous portions at Robert et Louise guarantee you a good feed. Start off with a traditional French entrée of foie gras, rillettes, snails or pâté before moving on to your meaty main. We tried smoky, tender sirloin steak, and a delicious sweet honeyed duck breast. Each dish (averaging €20) is accompanied by salad and vegetables or crispy herb rissole potatoes. Huge beef ribs to share between two or three people are available (€44/€66) as well as a few vegetarian options. If you can manage it, finish off with a serving of apple crumble, chocolate cake or tarte tatin. A two course €12 lunch menu is available through the week.
64 rue Vieille du Temple
|Transport:||Metro: Saint Sébastien-Froissart or Hôtel de Ville|
|Opening hours:||Tue-Wed 7pm-11pm; Thu-Sun 12mid-3pm, 7pm-11pm|