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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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The Bombardier, Paris, France

In the morning I’d gone on a Hemingway’s Paris walking tour hosted by Paris Walks. Highly recommended. As we were walking through the Latin Quarter hearing stories of Hemingway and Joyce amongst others, I was taking notes of potential places for lunch.

One bar, called The Bombardier, near the Pantheon and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont church took my fancy.

The Bombardier is a typical English pub and has a decent selection of English beers and food but I ordered the plat du jour which was a chicken wing salad which was decent for €12.

For desert I ordered a Chocolate Mousse which was the desert du jour.

The selection of beer was quite good and I ended up having 3 pints. A Courage Directors, which is a run of the mill bitter, then a McEwan’s Scotch Ale followed up by a Innis & Gunn Rum Finish / Rum Cask / Rum Aged which was the best beer of the day for me.

However, the service was unfortunately sub par. Midway through my meal I ordered another beer however the waitress just forgot about it, I had to follow up to get my drink.

And again later on, I’d ordered a fourth beer from the same waitress, and I waited, and waited, and waited. In the end I got sick of waiting and just went up to the bar to pay the bill, and there was the waitress watching videos on a laptop. Terrible service.

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Bull’s Brothers Pub, Saint-Michel, Paris, France

After a day out being a tourist you need somewhere to relax and have a beer while decompressing.

Bull’s Brothers Pub in Saint Michel was that place for me.

During happy hour (4pm til whenever) you can get pints of Belzebuth Blanche and Königsbacher Pilsener for €5 and €6.

I probably ended up here 4 evenings during my week visit.

Staff are friendly but busy… so it can take a while to get table service but if you are looking for a local during your visit, this is a good place.

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