Le Bistro des Vines-17th Arrondissement

M,Claire and I had seen my pal, the blues pianist Mitch Woods, perform two vibrant shows at the Meridien Hotel on Friday night and we wanted to extend the fun over lunch on Saturday.

M, Claire and I had seen my pal, the blues pianist Mitch Woods perform two vibrant shows at the Meridien Hotel on Friday night and we wanted to extend the fun over lunch on Saturday

The schizophrenia of February Paris weather continued as early spring Friday became late autumn Saturday. We found shelter and a warm welcome at the Bistrot des Vignes, a cozy neighborhood favorite.

M has the best nose in the group and she suggested a Brouilly after which we shared terrine de lapin, poireaux en vinaigrette de betterave, the only starter that didn’t taste as good as it looked on paper and traditional ravioles du Royans gratinées au parmesan that did.

Tagliatelles aux gambas, filets de rouget and two bistro staples: blanquette de veau and pave de rumsteck were more than up to expectations.

We had already used up the elements of our 18.90 euro formule but felt the need for something sweet and shared two desserts.

Nothing so far prepared us for what followed-classic profiteroles bathed in chocolat chaud Valrhona and sorbet of green apples swimming in Calvados-worthy of a patissier in a starred restaurant. After a round of coffee we happy four bundled up to face the elements.

90, rue des Dames, Paris 75017

M: Villiers or Rome
Tél: 01.43.87.08.08

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