Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain
Foodies might appreciate the excellent, attractively-priced cuisine served at this bistro of the Hotel Relais Saint-Germain, located at l'Odeon in the 6th. Le Comptoir is open from midday to 6:00 pm. everyday and takes no reservations. When the FT arrived at 2:15 pm, it was "packed" with a queue outside. To get an idea how much the FT liked it, just read this description. "The oeufs mayonnaise, a dish so simple that it is perhaps the most accurate test of any bistro, were first class, the yolks and mayonnaise a deep yellow. So too were a much more intimate terrine of foie gras and pear and a chestnut soup with more foie gras." Read the full FT review of this bistro and the top fancy restaurant in Paris, Taillevent, in the attached article. HOT TIPS: In July 2009, The New York Times cited L’Epigramme as another good value bistro choice, near Odeon. The menu is just 30 Euro and chef used to work for Alain Ducasse. Click here to read more. In January 2010, the Financial Times wrote an review on the best bistros in Paris for classic comfort food à la française. Click here to read it. In February 2010, the FT raved about L'Ardois, a "genuine bistro" in the 1st with a good value menu. Click here for a review. In April 2010, The New York Times highlighted several good-value, top-chef restaurants in Paris, remarking,"Paris has entered a new generation of fine, casual dining." Click here to read more. In May 2011, NYC socialite Nina Griscom tells New York Social Diary that Le Petit Marius in the 8th is where "old school Paris goes for coquillages." Click here to read more. Click here for some Paris bistro tips by Mark Bittman from the April 2013 NY Times article, Stolling in Paris, With Menus in Mind.