This charming bistro is the real thing....it is immediately obvious that it is frequented by locals, who engage each other, and stay for long hours, enjoying the incredible selection of wines and fairly limited food options. Like great Parisian bistros, its can be hard to find a table if you are not a regular. We tried and won by arriving before dinner and enjoying wine appetizers, and then ordering dinner when 8 pm came around. And we were rewarded for our efforts. First, the appetizers were lovely, consisting of both a half dozen Utah Beach oysters, which were fairly fresh, but not perfect, joining by a generous slab of a pate campaigne. This pate is the rough version of the very smooth pate de foie gras. We enjoyed a glasses of very flavorful champagne.
When the dinner hour arrived, we ordered easily from a short menu of main dishes. My companion enjoyed a really major piece of steak which really was hard to finish unless you enjoy a nice pound of red meat. True to form it was accompanied by a large side of French fries....i went with a piece of cod, set on a lovely base of cabbage and mashed potatoes. Again, both generous in quanitiy and excellent in finish..
We did not drink further, having not yet really recovered from jet lag, but noticed that most dinners seemed to enjoy wine in half and full carafes...there were no bottles to be seen. The variety of wines makes this place very attractive to locals and visitors alike.
Service was decent. And, the bill was modest, especially given the quality and quantity of food.
This place is a winner!!