La Reserve de Quasimodo, Paris, France

Close to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is a small cafe / wine and cheese store in a building that’s apparently around 600 years old!

The cafe is in an annex on the right of the photo (you can just see the chalkboard menu), and the wine store is in the building pictured.

It was a wet and miserably cold day when I entered around 12:30. The cafe is really small, maybe half a dozen tables. I got one by the window.

Reading the chalkboard menus I already knew I needed something substantial and hot. One of today’s dishes was Beef Bourguignon which was duly ordered along with half a litre of red wine.

Great bread was delivered along with my wine while my main course was being cooked.

A short time later by Beef Bourguignon was served and I devoured a really tasty dish with gusto.

As it was still cloudy and drizzling outside, generally miserable. I decided to stay camped here for a while longer and ordered desert and a coffee. The desert was Apple Pie with a creamy custard sauce which was a great way to finish off a great lunch.

The staff really looked after me. Even though I’d ordered my dishes individually, they only charged me the cheaper set menu price. That was a really nice way to leave, and then trudge back to my hotel in the cold and rain.

Simply put, go here!