Café le Petit Pont, Saint Michel, Paris, France

After a bit of a siesta after a Saturday of eating and drinking I headed off to see what restaurants were hiding in the laneways of Saint Michel to see what the options were. I strolled down to Boulevard Saint-Germain, up Rue Dante and Rue de l’Hotel Colbert and Quai du Montebello but nothing really took my fancy, and those that did were full. Shakespeare and Company was closed for the day and I’d started to lose hope.

About 50m past Shakespeare and Company was Café le Petit Pont. The place was bustling but had a few tables available so I went in and was given a seat facing towards Notre Dame Cathedral.

I was looking for something on the light side rather than a large meal, so I decided on a pizza. The Orientale approximates a meat lovers pizza in Australia containing tomato sauce, North African sausage, ground beef, red sweet pepper, mozzarella cheese, olives.

To drink I had a half litre of Cotes du Rhone red wine.

Pizza was OK, the wine was decent. The view of the cathedral at night was great. The escapades of the restaurant tout trying to entice folks in was entertaining.

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Rim Café, Saint-Michel, Paris, France

After a couple of beers at Frog XVI, I got the bus back to Saint-Michel and as I was walking back to my hotel I started to feel a bit hungry.

There’s a large Italian restaurant on the corner of Rue Saint-Séverin and Rue de la Harpe called Rim Café.

I didn’t think I was overly hungry, but it turns out I was.

I sat outside as the temperature had risen a little during the afternoon. This allowed me to indulge in a little people watching. Surprisingly, the streets weren’t that busy mid afternoon.

For my main dish I tried a Calzone containing mozzarella, ham and egg with tomato sauce. It was a combination of ingredients that I’d not encountered in calzone before… but they worked. The tomato sauce on the top made the top puff up like a football, weird but sort of artistic.

Along with the calzone I decided a wine would be a better choice so chose a half litre of the Chateau Escalette from the Cotes de Bourg AOC. This was a decent wine that went well with the calzone.

I originally wasn’t going to have desert, but when I saw profiteroles on the menu I just had to try them… and I’m glad I did as they were great.

As I was paying I was given a complimentary Limoncello to complete my meal.

Probably a little on the expensive side but you’ll get decent food and wine.

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Frog XVI, Trocadero, Paris, France

Frog is a chain of English Pub-like bars in France. Frog XVI is in Trocadero in the 16th arrondissement.

I’d just had lunch so I was only looking for a couple of beers on a Saturday afternoon. Walking in around 1pm I was surprised how quiet the bar was, I would have thought that there would have been more people out having lunch and drinking good beer.

You can see their impressive lists of beers here.

During my visit I tried 2 pints of their beers.

Firstly, I had the Spelt Saison which is, as the name suggests, a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. It was a decent beer. Light, sweet and sour.

My second beer was a BaBaBoom! which is a Blonde Ale. I preferred this beer over the Saison. This beer has a fruity, floral taste which was really quite nice.

If you’re a beer lover then this place is a must do!

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Le Cafe Du Trocadero, Trocadero, Paris, France

To the north west of the Eiffel Tower, right on the Place Du Trocadero is a largish cafe called Le Cafe Du Trocadero. It’s got indoor, outdoor and upstairs seating.

The weather was mild on the day I visited, but still needed a jacket to sit outside.

Unfortunately the seats facing Place Du Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower were taken so I was shown to a small table on the side.

The menu is large and quite impressive with a diverse array of dishes. Prices aren’t cheap, but I guess this is a very touristy area.

For lunch I ordered the Creamy Risotto with Parmesan cheese, spring onion and leeks, along with a cafe creme to keep me warm.

My piping hot risotto was served in around 15 minutes and I must admit, despite the simplicity of the dish, it was really quite tasty. I’d call it a hearty lunch for a cool Paris Saturday.

Great food, absolutely superb location but I think a little pricey.

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La Cochonnaille, Saint-Michel, Paris, France

Close to the hotel was another restaurant I’d passed and wanted to try one dinner time. And this evening was the time.

Around 6pm on a Friday evening I was perusing the menu from the street and saw that La Cochonnaille offered a set menu for dinner.

The restaurant was already quite well patronised when I walked in but I was given a small table just inside the door out of the cold weather.

For my main course I chose Pork Fillet Mignon and for desert an Apple Tart. To drink I chose the French house wine from the Cotes Du Rhone.

The Pork Fillet Mignon, which is listed as a house specialty, was cooked superbly and tasted great.

The Apple Tart desert with ice cream and cream was a good finish to the meal.

A very decent French meal, and a restaurant I’ll make sure I visit again next time I visit Paris.

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