dinner at Paul Bert bistro

Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 068Three ladies made their way to the 11th arrondissement in Paris last night to meet, eat and swap stories at the much-loved bustling bistro, Paul Bert.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 028The third lady is behind the camera.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 031Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 032My friend Rosemary from London had steak entrecote with bearnaise sauce and the bistro’s signature crispy fries.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 036Beth from Toronto and I shared a stew of slowly-braised beef cheeks in red wine served with sea shell pasta called conchiglie.  It was deliciously satisfying.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 037Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 039Rosemary tactfully dissuaded me from ordering Chinon again (I’m always ordering Chinon. I’m a Chinon buff.)  We all agreed that a nice Crozes-Hermitage would fit the bill nicely.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 040Towards the end of the meal, Rosemary saw a soufflé go by and said she simply had to have one.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 044I saw a crème caramel go by and the sight of it gave me a fillip. I used to make crème caramels – in a bain marie – when I was a teenager. I thought I was being terribly sophisticated.  Not having tasted one in over a decade, I put in my order.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 045And I was so glad I did!  This was the mother of all crème caramels. Light and silky and doused in a sweet caramel sauce.  I swooned with each spoonful.  Beth went for the cheese plate and a wooden plateau arrived laden with different fromages.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 049The service was impeccable; the skilled waitstaff patient and charming.  The convivial atmosphere of Paul Bert has you striking up conversation with the diners beside you.  It helps when they are Americans: friendly and sociable. This couple hails from New Orleans. He’s writing a novel, he told us.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 064And these young people are from Brooklyn.Paul Bert bistro Paris avril 2014 059I think we were all making a lot of noise towards the end of the evening. I’ll bet the French were thinking “Those loud Anglo-Saxons with their cameras….and snapping pictures of a common crème caramel. Grands dieux !”  (that’s the equivalent of “good grief!”)  Oh well.  A good time was had by all.

10 thoughts on “dinner at Paul Bert bistro

  1. This is amazing! My husband and I are planning our trip right now to Paris and had flagged this restaurant. I’ll definitely try that creme caramel.

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