My friend Sarah is the biggest Francophile I know. She loves every tidbit of Parisian culture, art and history. For her birthday, we celebrated in true Parisian fashion by eating dinner at the classic upscale bistro, Le Miroir in Montmartre.
Typically you’ll find an older crowd at the more bistro-y places in Paris, but not at Le Miroir. We were surrounded by hip tables of 20- and 30-somethings. The restaurant features classic bistro design accents with red walls and red leather booths and modern touches of contemporary artwork and bright light fixtures. From looking at it, you wouldn’t think the food would cost you too much, but in fact the prix fixe menu runs about 35 euro. But as I’ve learned in the last few months, that’s not that much.
Between the five of us, we split several bottles of wine and ordered an array of French dishes. The birthday girl was très chic ordering Foie Gras de Canard (duck liver for those unfamiliar) and Tarte Fine aux Champignons et Chorizo (mushroom and chorizo sausage tart). I chose the Pavé de Cabillaud with courgettes (cod filet with zucchini) as my plat and the Sablé aux Pommes (baked apples, shortbread and caramel) as dessert. The white fish was light, which left me with plenty of room for something sweet. Lainie went in blind and ordered the Chou Farci au Perdreau (cabbage-stuffed partridge). None of us knew what that meant until just now (as I’m writing this). Mackenzie and Megan both opted for the Roti de Volaille Farci (stuffed roast chicken). All in all, delicious meal.
I recommend Le Miroir for those looking for a more modern and upbeat French bistro experience while visiting Paris. Compared to other good restaurants, the prices are reasonable. And where there’s a constantly replenished bread basket (bottomless bread basket?), it gets an A+ in my book.
Le Miroir, 94 Rue des Martyrs (18th)