As u may had noticed I had been in Paris eating in this nice little bistros that don´t charge u a fortune for wonderful food. If I had to pick the restaurant that best represents this, from my trip, it is Le Timbre. This tine little 24 people restaurant is not located in any of the fancy areas of Paris, it is hidden in a hard to get street, with just a big window that u can see the entire restaurant from outside. Two rows of table, half seat on the couch the other half on little wood chairs, to get to the sofa u must pull your table, actually the waiter will do that.
The service was incredibly nice for Paris, maybe because the waiter was from Manchester and not Parisian, but what stroke me as remarkable was not how nice he was, but the fact that he was the SINGLE person in the restaurant. After a few moments I realized he was the Chef, waiter and host! Absolutely incredible, considering the quality of the food and the service.
We took the full menu, I started with escargot and lentils, with a herb olive oil. The textures were wonderful, the slightly floury part of the lentils with the firm, escargot. The iron flavor of the lentils with the delicate escargots. As my second I opted for the classic, confit de carnard with mashed potatoes, the duck was perfect extremely crispy on the outside and moist in the inside, with the fatty after taste that completes so well the deepness of the duck flavor. The mashed potatoes were rustic and with a touch or garlic were wonderfull complement to the duck.
The deserts were also great. I had a Mil Foglie, a thousand layers with a vanilla cream that was 3 layers of a wonderfully crispy biscuit with a very delicate cream, nice textures. Also we had a pear cooked in brandy with some honey, the tastes balanced very well. The food was remarkably well executed for a single person restaurant, nothing fancy but very tasty. In the end the check was affordable even cheaper then average touristy places in Paris.
Rue de Sainte Beuve, 3