This landmark France-Soir may have outlived the Parisian newspaper that shared its name, but in typical French fashion, it's ageing gracefully, as chic and insouciant today as when it opened 30 years ago. In that time, it's had the same owner and only two chefs. Guests have come and gone - some taking a favourite spot in the window or at the marble bar, some keeping the limo waiting outside. But the same things bring regulars back: garlicky snails, textbook onion soup, crisp duck confit, oysters opened to order, mussels marinière, steak frites - even the vinaigrette has devotees. Specials are scrawled on the mirror. Desserts are faithful renditions of classics: flamed crêpes Suzette, delicate floating islands. A stellar cellar handles long lunches as easily as late nights, and there's a BYO-friendly wine policy. Service has bustling efficiency amid the noisy bonhomie, making this the Parisian bistro you always wanted just around the corner.
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