5 Décembre 2016
Despite the name, this is not an optician’s but a small, tranquil bistro serving very good, modernised bistro cooking that shows real care in the kitchen. The daily lunch menu is a true bargain, while the full menu offers more choice, with dishes that sound classic (steak tartare, veal chop), but are deftly updated and seasoned — sea bream and beetroot carpaccio with ginger, cod with squid ink, peppers and chorizo, haddock in bright green sorrel sauce. The small front room has a view of the tiny open kitchen, but I prefer the room behind, stretching the width of the building, where ancient stone walls are jazzed up with scarlet and orange touches and metal lamps.
Address: 33 rue de Bièvre, 75005 Contact: 0033 1 46 34 58 02; auxverresdecontact.com Getting there: Metro Maubert-Mutualité Opening times: Mon-Sat, 12.15pm-2pm, 7pm-10pm (11pm on Sat) Price: set-price menus from €17.50 for lunch, €29 (two courses) or €35 (three courses) for dinner Payment type: credit cards accepted Cuisine: French Reservations: recommended