This bistro claims the pure tradition of Parisian bistro, but the ham and cheese sandwich excluded. Red leather armchairs, waiters dressed in white and black and falsely old-looking menu, the place architecture and décor (carried out by Emma Roux and Christopher Matignon) do a lot in this Paris-Parisian atmosphere.
Moving on to the menu, we find classics such as the traditional onion soup, rillettes du Mans, or chocolate mousse or even a burger (yes, a burger is now a classic). As for us, we fell for the snails (€9 for 6), revisited and shell-less and bathing in a smooth cream that we wipe with greed with a crispy slice of baguette and that we enjoy as an appetizer. We accompany these with two homemade cocktails we love because they are balanced and ultra-fresh: the Season’s Smash (gin, seasonal fruits, €11) and the Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s, lemonade, citrus fruits and cucumber, €12).
Let’s continue with the very tender lamb shanks candied with garlic and served with mashed potatoes (€18) and Le Vrai Paris burger (€20.5), with trickling cheddar. Ultra-hearty and delicious, big eaters will be happy. that is to say we give up dessert (meringue lemon pie, French toast, coffee with gourmet desserts and many more)…
But, what a terrace! It’s rare to see one this big and this sunny (except at Le Sancerre): a priceless luxury when everyone is out to enjoy sweet summer nights.
In two words, Le Vrai Paris will please tourists looking for very French dishes and avoiding any swindle, as well as Parisians loving frank and generous cooking.
Le Vrai Paris
33 , Rue Abbesses
75018 Paris 18
Ouvert tous les jours de 7h à 2h du matin