My ex and I had stumbled on Le Rubis more than a dozen years ago in that 10 am non-service hour during early August when Paris was literally deserted. We were exhausted bumbling around and the husband and wife owners could not have been more gracious in rustling us up cafe cremes and toasted baguettes even though this is in every essence an old time wine bar. What I most remembered from that trip was my ex's pale expression coming back from the 1 centime pay toilette - it was a squat toilette :) ah the beauty of international travel!!! On subsequent world trips, she realized that Le Rubis squatter was a luxurious one.
Fast forward to 2012 and a dozen trips to Paris later, I got nostalgic for an old time wine bar and that squat toilette and went on a mission to find them again. After numerous Parisian wine bars and 2 years later - success!!! Mid-June was busy this year, more touristy than I have seen it in a long time and it took effort to avoid the masses and Le Rubis was a good place to do that even 2 blocks away from the Louvre. I was so happy to find this place again that I went all out at lunch - a heap of rillettes, a half carafe of rose (too hot all summer to drink anything else), whatever sausage was on special, pear tarte, eau de vie and cafe - all by ecstatic myself. The food and wine were basic but it was nostalgically so!
And after all that, yes the long awaited toilette! It is amazing but nothing had changed about that squatter except that the 1 centime lock was gone. I can only assumed that after 14 yrs they had to change that loo and chose to keep it the way it and the rest have been for 60 yrs and thank goodness for that!
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