Le Petit Vendôme
If you believe the number of hashtags, the “selfie with onion soup from Le Petit Vendôme” is about to make history at Paris Fashion Week! Yet the menu at this authentic bistro (red and yellow Formica, neon lights, hanging saucissons) isn’t at all fashionable. All the classics of traditional cuisine are there. Just take the day we went for lunch as an example: delightful deviled eggs with a vegetable macedoine (€7) – or escargots de Bourgogne, fromage de tête… (from €8 to €17); grilled andouillette from inland Brittany with crispy fries (€18) – or steak with sauce béarnaise, free-range chicken thigh… (from €17 to €27); or even a patrimonial millefeuille (€8), chosen to the detriment of a museum-worthy floating island (€7). And don’t forget about the divine takeaway sandwiches, prepared behind the zinc bar: ham off the bone, fresh goat cheese, five peppercorn mix, olive oil from Provence and country ham (from €5 to €8). The wines are up to par: Chablis vieilles vignes from the Domaine des Genèves (€6.50 a glass), Morgon from Foillard (€33 a bottle), or Gevrey-Chambertin from Burguet (€66). À la carte €29-42. // S.L.