His­toric lo­ca­tions

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - PARISIAN BISTROS -

1 Chartier Founded as a soup kitchen in 1896, Chartier hasn’t strayed far from its orig­i­nal mis­sion to pro­vide sim­ple and sat­is­fy­ing food, with dishes such as snails, steak cuts and veal stew mak­ing up the rea­son­ably priced menu. The set­ting is grander – a Belle Epoque din­ing room be­neath a vast light­strung ceil­ing (restau­rantchartier.com; 7 Rue du Faubourg Mont­martre; mains from $12). 2 Le Tru­milou This Parisian in­sti­tu­tion has clocked up more than 100 years of cus­tom in the same spot over­look­ing the Seine near Notre Dame. The menu is as authen­tic as a Parisian bistro gets, and changes de­pend­ing on what’s on of­fer at mar­ket, but ca­nard aux pruneaux (duck with prunes) and ris de veau grand-mere (veal sweet­breads) are spe­cial­i­ties (letru­milou.fr; 84 Quai de l’Ho­tel de Ville; closed mid-Au­gust; mains from $16). 3 Chez Paul This long-stand­ing lo­cal haunt in the Bastille dis­trict ap­pears lit­tle changed since Mon­sieur and Madame Paul opened their bistro here in the 1940s. With its pave­ment tables, tiled floors and cosy in­te­rior clut­tered with old knick-knacks and pho­tos, it’s still the ar­che­typal bistro and of­fers clas­sic dishes such as steak tartare (the house spe­cial­ity) and beef stew. Be sure to book ahead (chez­paul.com; 13 Rue de Charonne; mains from $18).

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