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“Sauce Gribiche revisited & paired with Belgian craftbeer @ quintessential French bistro”

Chez Lena et Mimile
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Ranked #4,111 of 17,520 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Quartier Latin
Reviewed February 20, 2014

You will not see much of Chef Pascal parading through the restaurant in this quintessential French bistro. you may get a glimpse of him sneaking out to the outdoor terrace for a Gauloise cigarette around 3pm where desserts are well on their way to the tables. but you will will remember for life his Sauce Gribiche, the traditional French dressing (a vinaigrette with Dijon mustard, boiled eggs, fresh shallots, capers, cornichons & tarragon) served with slow-cooked head and tongue of Limousin young veal.
Where this Chef blows off your mind for good is in his pairing of a very traditional French classic with a newcomer on the Paris dining scene, Belgian microbrewery's La Curtius, a long fermentation organic triple wheat beer from Liege, Belgium. All this in the heart of BistroLand and WineEmpire. A good 15 years after the trend set off in Ca, Co and NY, France is slowly catching on the good micrbreweries bring to the harmony of flavors in a meal. La Curtius, featured in the upcoming Omnivore Food Show in Paris, the incubator for new chefs and trends, is a very well thought out choice, a jewel in fact, in that respect. Hoep we get to see it imported in the US soon! Before the main daily menu, priced at a cool 9.5 Euro, you must taste Chef Pascal's "terrine", a homemade pate of chicken liver marinated 48h in port and cognac and simply finished with shallots,and parsley. A delight. he starts it on Friday, so if you show up on a Monday you will get a fresh batch. Lastly, while the youngsters waiting on tables may have a hard time accomodating English speaking customers, Gilles the Maitre D, will put you at ease and zip through whatever whim comes your way in this cosy bistro. The owners, Marie and Christelle, recently married under the new same sex marriage Act, are adorable and deserve the credit of keeping this 30-year establishment going as an indie among the winds of the many "reputable" franchise groups serving sous vide food across Paris.

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Thank Mike C
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

For our last dinner in Paris we were invited by friends to this restaurant. The atmosphere is very good since it is overlooking a small park.

We had mushroom soup for starter which was OK but nothing special. However both main dishes were excellent and can be described as french dishes with Spanish influence. We had the Iberian pork with polenta cooked with chorizo which was fantastic and the prawns in nests and quinoa which was one of the best dishes I ever had. For dessert we tried the Pierre Herme's macaroon with rose and raspberries...a divine dessert! We paid 50 euros per person, a reasonable price for what we had.

I must admit though that the service was extremely poor. The waiter was rude and not helpful at all. Also, at 22:45 the waiters started cleaning the tables, closing the windows, gathering all the glasses on one table...giving us hinds that it was time to leave. However, when we decided to leave, no one was around to ask for the bill...all the waiters disappeared in the kitchen.

It is a shame that a restaurant with excellent food has such a terrible service.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

A wonderful local restaurant. We went twice for lunch and the plat du jour was very good at 9.50 Euro. Sit outside with view of a garden below, but inside as well is charming. Around the corner from from our apartment and away from the tourists.

1  Thank Sylvia D
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We were advised to make reservations to this completely under Whelming Paris dinning experience, from the rude waiter to the boring chicken that was pale with white rice on a white plate to the sad foie gras that said it was made fresh but wasn't to the very worst pasta and salmon tartar none of it was worth the visit . We left and went some where else for dessert. Lets not forget the waiter also mixed up both the appetizers and entrees and didn't seem to care. Sadly disappointed in the whole experience. After all we had many great meals here in Paris.

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Thank AlexTerry12
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We were invited to dine friends at this ideally located restaurant earlier this summer. The weather was perfect and the setting overlooking a small, picturesque park was ideal. Our friends know the owners, so I do not know if our 'special' treatment was unique, but the diners around us appeared to be as delighted with their food as we were. The Coquille St. Jaque was beautifully prepared and presented, the small squid was very good. I do not know about the lunch experience, but our dinner was a wonderful Parisian experience.

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Thank DrDavidToronto
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