Neighbourhood in the all the right ways, Le Petit Chateau d’Eau is an underrated star.
If you dreamed a French dream, this is what the bistro would look like. An imposing curved wooden bar, long stretches of red leather banquettes, tiles from the turn of the century and lighting from la belle epoque.
The menu is old school. Bavette with gratin dauphinoise, ouefs mayonnaise, steak tartare, salade des gesiers, and even Lapin a la Moutarde as a winter special.
There is an extensive selection of charcuterie and fromage, laced with Basque-style pimentos and generous greens. As far as apero goes, there really isn’t any other place in the 10th that does it better.
And then there is the wine. Inexpensive great-drinking bottles of French, the absolute perfect place to put away a bottle of Rosé in summer sitting out on the small terrace.
Or you can cosy up at the bar where a coupe de champagne will set you back just €6.
In a neighbourhood that is fast becoming the Willamsburg of Paris – and I do mean that in a bad way – it’s never been so important to have an antithesis to craft hamburgers and microbreweries that is unashamedly Français.
Impress fellow hipsters: take the oeufs mayonnaise. Hard boiled eggs triumphantly coated in lashings of saturated fats and crunchy crudités.
Le Petit Château d’Eau, 34 Rue du Château d’Eau 75010
T. + 33 (0) 1 42 08 72 81
Metro: Chateau d’Eau, Jacques Bonsergent, Republique
Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 12.00am
Saturday, 9.00am – 12.00am