Between the Canal Saint Martin and the up and coming rue Bichat, there is a ton of little bistrots to choose from. Which way to turn? I suggest the recent creation of Philippe Damas: Philou. It is a modern bistrot with red wall seats and steel grey walls. Nice décor but nothing overdone. The main point here is Philou’s delicious food… As soon as I was seated I could not help but glance into my neighbour’s plates (naughty habit of mine) and the food looked extraordinarily appetizing. I actually had the same things as the woman sitting next to me as it was so mouthwatering!
So I started with the marinated sardines “façon millefeuille” with thin slices of potatoes and roasted red peppers. Such a fresh starter! I then fell for the magnificent tuna steak served with sautéed chanterelle in a meat juice. I usually very rarely go for the tuna when I eat out (I tend to find it a tad boring and I admit on having flashes of an ecological mind), but this time I just could not resist it. For dessert I can still taste the lovely scent of my warm serving of stewed apricots with a hint of rosemary.
All in all, it really was a great meal and the service was extremely friendly and helpful! I highly recommend Philou!.
Philou, 12 avenue Richerand, 75010 Paris. Métro Goncourt. Tél : 01 42 39 04 73. Dinner about 30 euros / pers.