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The most Argentinian meat den on rue Paul-Bert has a Left Bank little brother. Its look? The same Austin Powers-inspired sense of décor (spherical light fixtures, 70s wallpaper) that’s so dear to the owner, gourmet architect Marcelo Joulia. The menu? The same Argentine spirit, with meat at the center of it all. Your choice of: corazon de cuadril (rumpsteak heart, €28), bife de chorizo (sirloin, €36) or lomo (€42), grilled on the charcoal-fueled parrilla grill. And don’t forget to sharpen your canines at the start of the meal with boudin sausage (€9) or massive bone marrow (€12)! At lunch, there’s a set menu (€17) that plays like Messi: an intense flank steak served rare, with chimichurri, thick cut fries and a little salad; followed by the tiramisu de la casa. And, para beber: Pinot noir Trapiche from Melodias (€7 a glass), and plenty of Malbecs, like the one from Salta Bodegas Etchart (€35 a bottle). Set menu €17 (lunch). À la carte €39-70. // A.A.