If David Lebovitz likes it, you pretty much can’t go wrong, that’s my line of thinking.
On our way back from Brittany, we had one short afternoon in Paris and Alicia had been hankering for a meal at Café des Musées, upon the recommendation of a friend (well, and Mr Lebovitz!).
It’s a simple neighbourhood place, indeed we were the only tourists there. Actually, correction, we were the only tourists who stayed to eat. A few groups straggled in during our lunch and quickly left upon realising that this was not your typical bistro fare (i.e. croque monsieurs etc…) – something our slightly crazed waitress reminded up of a few times…
No, it’s not your typical tourist bistro – it’s elevated way above the greasy fare many tourist ingest during their time in Paris believing it’s real French food. The local crowd was testament to this.
Though the menu offered a lot of interesting choices (game meats and such), Neil and I were suffering from a steack-frites withdrawal, not having eaten our usual fill of this on our trip (you know, since we were too busy eating crêpes and cheese and the like…).
Beautiful hand-cut fries dipped in the rich bearnaise-mayonnaise sauce that actually came with the steak! Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, this was your perfect plate of frites.
And the steak. Simple but oh so satisfying. Served with vinaigrette-dressed greens. Yum!
A tranquil spot, just a couple of blocks away from the Place des Vosges and the bustling rue de Rivoli, I highly recommend this place if you are looking for an authentic Paris bistro experience where you can mingle with the locals (and pretend to be one, if but for an hour or two…)
Café des Musées
49, rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
Tél: 01 42 72 96 17