The food here is how I imagine French business lunches used to be in the seventies. Every time you think it might be over, another course pops out, and you emerge a few hours later, groggily wondering how you drank a bottle of wine each, unsure whether you’re ashamed or proud that you found space for the entirety of an ile flottante at the end of it.
Having said that, if you know someone in town for a short time, take them here. In one sitting my brother-in-law ticked pâté, steak-frites, cheese and crème brulée off his list of Paris must-eats.
A la Biche au Bois is open 7h – 22h45 every day except Sunday. It’s 29,8€ for a four course menu and 14-20€ for a bottle of wine.
You can find A la Biche au Bois at 45, avenue Ledru-Rollin, 75012.
– Joanna York