Vintage tiles, stripped-bare walls, a marble bar, cool sounds from Flavier Berger playing in the background… Pretending like it doesn’t know how cool it is, the legendary bistro/dive of Flo Ciccoli (Le Café du Coin) has become the benchmark of the faubourgeois lifestyle. In a joyful hubbub around rustic tableware, East Paris comes to enjoy incredible small plates from chef Harry Vidler – a longtime accomplice of the Pères Populaires group. The night we went: tender zucchini with yogurt and spiced grains (€12); divine raw mullet in a miso sauce with orange and fennel (€12); lively veal heart tartare with eggplant purée (€16); rabbit that was both tender but firm, served with mustardy lentils (€16); before a melt-in-your-mouth roasted peach with sesame ice cream and caramel (€10). It’s also worth noting that you can reserve four days ahead for a beautiful cut of meat (nose-to-tail suckling pork billed by the kilo, lamb shoulder…), which is invariably served with seasonal vegetables. And to help all these good things slide down, there’s a 100% natural wine collection: a Loire red from Les Tètes (€7 a glass), an orange wine from the Domaine Riberach in the Languedoc (€7.50) or a Grolleau-Chenin blend, Ni Rouge Ni Blanc, from Philippe Delmée (€30 a bottle). Plates €8-12. // J.S.