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“The real thing”

Le Cafe de la Nouvelle Mairie
Ranked #2,789 of 19,411 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Quartier Latin
Reviewed 4 February 2018

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!!

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

We went expecting a great meal and we thought it was only average. My husband had sausage that he thought was overly salty. The meal wasn't bad but it wasn't great. I guess we have had so many better meals in Paris that it was a disappointment. Good service, maybe it's a place for a snack and a drink, that would have been good.

Date of visit: September 2017
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1  Thank RandJSanFrancisco
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Went on a Friday when they only have smaller plates more tapas-like. Doesnt matter, the food is delicious and its so genuin. Welcoming to both tourists and locals. Have been One more time since then and it was as good then too. If you're staying near jardin Luxembourg, don't miss this place! It's worth a visit.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

This place was already starting to fill up at noon on a Monday, and was buzzing by the time we left. It does what it does extremely well; a small but comprehensive menu offering a decent variety of French dishes, all given a slight modern twist. My husband's terrine and roti de veau were delicious, as were the gazpacho and saucisson rôti with white peas that I ordered. We were having such a good time that we each ordered a portion of the cherry clafoutis for pudding - excellent.
We shared a carafe of côte du Rhône which was really good (I'm normally a bit dubious about "natural wines", having had a few bad examples.). Service was perfectly amiable, if ever so slightly hipster. As our hotel was just around the corner, this was a real find, and we'd definitely eat there again - it's as far from being a Parisian Tourist Trap as you could hope. Bear in mind that it's only open during the week, but do seek it out.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

We went to this cafe for lunch in late June & returned for dinner on our last night in Paris. Worth booking for dinner, as it's pretty small. We were early for lunch so got a table on the terrace. really good people watching facing the little square. Seems to be a fairly local place; the waiter was charming and spoke very little english but our french was good enough to converse and read the french menu.

Fish rillettes were spectacular! My daughter had the mozzarella with almonds and eggplant and loved it so much she had it again the evening we returned. The menu is small and well considered; modern, simple french food, respecting ingredients and flavours without too much mucking about!

I had a very nice glass of rose with my lunch and 2 very good Kir's with my dinner.

Great convivial atmosphere and plenty of people stopping by for a glass of wine on their way home.

Date of visit: June 2017
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1  Thank jacq67
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