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Les Bacchantes – Restaurant – Bistro à Vins, Paris 9 – BKWine Pick

Just off Boulevard de la Madeleine and next to the Olympia theatre you find this small restaurant. When you step inside it feels as if it has been there for many years. Probably it has. The staff is very welcoming and even if it’s your first time there they make you feel as if you are just coming back to your stam tisch. Many guests come here before going to the theatre so it is very crowded already well before 8PM, which is indeed unusual in Paris.

Food is traditional French bistro fare. You can have an andouillette, if you have a penchant for this strong-smelling offal sausage, but fortunately there are many other delicious things to choose from, for example a classic côte de boeuf (a “beef chop” grilled whole and served for two, sliced up – delicious for the carnivorous) or a superb lamb.

Several other French classics are on the list too. Try the charcuteries for an entre. If you’re two (or maybe three) it’s perfect to share. And they have delicious cheese too (which is not always the case in restaurants).

The wine list is not extensive but well chosen. Try a Cornas from the Durand brothers for 39€ or perhaps a less expensive St Joseph. If you want white, try the absolutely delicious Jurançon from Domaine Hours, full-bodied with lots of taste. And very rare to find in a restaurant.

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