A waiter stands on the pavement inviting visitors to step inside, telling you there is a lovely view of Notre Dame from your table on the terrace. This is indeed true. But what the waiter does not say is that the terrace is reserved for smokers and you will be exiled to an interior, non-view Siberia if you want a non-smoking environment. Of course you will have to pass through the foul smoke to get inside. We decided to take the risk,because yes, we are suckers for views of Notre Dame. Bad decision! Not only did we have to try to ignore the rude smokers puffing away around us, but we had to try to choke down the expensive, almost inedible, tasteless Penne with Two Salmons for me and another unappetizing pasta dish for my husband. As if all this was bad enough, a visit to the toilet revealed further horrors. No toilet seat and no paper to dry one's hands after using the not very clean facilities. A pane of glass on the stairwell going down-stairs was badly cracked and looked as though it could disintegrate at any moment. Upholstered chairs on the terrace were ripped and torn. The whole place has an uncared-for appearance. I wonder what the kitchens are like? The owners of this awful clip-joint are trying to keep the smokers, even at the risk of driving away non-smokers. I call this place a clip-joint because that is what it is. Other restaurants a street or two away offered cheaper "formule" menus, that is, two or three dishes for a stated price - what we paid for one plate of pasta.
There is a non-smoking ban in public places in France, has been since 2006. But it is poorly enforced, so cafes and restaurants and their smoking customers flout it every chance they get. Tourists provide considerable tax revenues in France, perhaps if enough of us fight back with honest reviews that reflect the disgusting conditions under which we are expected to "enjoy" some establishments in "la belle France," the French themselves will begin to take notice.
There is nothing to recommend La Bucherie apart from the view. You can have that for free if you just pause on Quai Montebello, put your elbows on the parapet, tarry for a few moments and gaze at Notre Dame, the Seine, the light in the sky, the bateaux mouches bustling back and forth on the river. Ah Paris! Now if we could just get rid of that nasty cigarette smoke it truly would be an enjoyable and attractive place to visit.
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