Le Bistrot du Peintre, a traditional brasserie in Paris 11th arrondissement

At Le Bistrot du Peintre, a one-hundred-year old Art Nouveau traditional bistro, we enjoy typically French dishes and we eat very well.

Le Bistrot du Peintre, a bistro typical from the 1900’s, set in avenue Ledru-Rollin near Bastille, displaying an Art Nouveau style is more than one hundred years old since it opened in 1902.

Hervé Bonal, an Auvergne inhabitant, is the current owner. He started his career at Le Bistrot du Peintre in 1991 as a waiter then managed the restaurant from 1993 to 1999 before taking it over in 2003.

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In 2012, Le Bistrot du Peintre underwent a makeover and everything has been entirely remade but keeping its Art Nouveau style: from its lights to its doors without forgetting its woodworks, the copper, its mosaic on the floor, its mirrors, its bench seats… the indoor décor and the façade are even listed as Historic Monuments.

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On the first floor, the small room open to booking is just as cute with its windows giving on Ledru-Rollin / Charonne crossroads and especially with its fireplace.

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The atmosphere is very lively with the dance of the waiters. At Le Bistrot du Peintre, people speak all kinds of languages. This is what Hervé Bonal desires: “people can come at any time of the day to eat, drink a coffee and relax”, he explains.

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For four years, it’s female chef Géraldine Rumeau who runs Le Bistrot du Peintre kitchen.

For the aperitif, we choose a red beer and a homemade Earl Grey iced tea that is super refreshing. As a bonus, we’re given dry sausage and it’s good. It’s perfect to whet the appetite.

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On the menu, traditional French cuisine with seasonal produces and typical brasserie dishes.

As a starter, we find grated celery, poached egg, onion soup (based on all poultries cooking juices) on the menu for 25 years and never getting removed, marrowbone, snails, as well as mozzarella di buffala and its beefsteak tomatoes of a very good quality and its homemade pesto and even the homemade marinated salmon and its gravlax sauce, very fresh and enjoyable in this summer period.

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In terms of main courses, salads, croque-monsieur, cheeseburger, roast chicken, knife-cut sausage, beef tartare as well as a grilled A5 andouillette with excellent homemade French fries, perfectly cooked and a duck leg raised in Vendée, confit by a Pont-l’Evêque canning industry according to a recipe thought up by Hervé Bonal.

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Portions are hearty, the duck leg even goes beyond the plate. After the main course, we don’t feel really hungry anymore but when we look at the dessert menu, we actually find some room left for a sweet treat because of how tantalizing the list is.

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It’s difficult to choose between the speculoos tartlet, the chocolate lava cake and the ice creams, but we go for the house specialties, an orange tart with almond cream. first surprise when the tart arrives, it’s not an orange cream as we were expecting but real candied orange slices. Second surprise, during the tasting, the tart is served lukewarm. Third surprise, among the candied orange hide some raisins. It’s definitely good and even if orange is a summer fruit, this dessert reminds us of the Christmas ginger bread.

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The whole at reasonable bistro prices. Starters cost from €6.50, main courses from €13.50 and desserts €4.50.

The menu changes 3 or 4 times a year. Daily, a different menu of the day is available with a starter, a salad, two main courses and a dessert on the board.

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The wine list is very large, mixing great wines and wines by small producers. Not surprising when we know that Hervé Bonal also opened “Le Vin du Moment” a company distributing wines.

Le Bistrot du Peintre is the perfect place to have a good time with friends, eat good French cuisine without breaking the bank in the Bastille neighborhood.

Laura B.
Last updated on 19 July 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
From 19 July 2018 to 31 December 2018

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    Location

    116, avenue Ledru Rollin
    75011 Paris 11

    Access
    Station Ledru-Rollin, ligne 8 du métro.

    Official website
    bistrotdupeintre.com

    Booking
    bistrotdupeintre.com
    01-47-00-34-39

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