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07 ARR: La Fontaine de Mars

129, rue Saint Dominique 75007 Paris , Phone:

Closing day: None - open 7 days a week

Reviewed by: Doug Phillips from Canada, review #2292

When: 2006

A pleasant early-evening dinner in late October 2006, featuring cuisine from the South-West of France.

Directions: Nearest Metro station : Ecole Militaire

La Fontaine de Mars, photo by Doug Phillips

I made reservations for four of us at 8:00pm on October 22, 2006 before leaving Canada. We arrived and were given the option of a non-smoking room, which we accepted. We were taken upstairs to a small room in one corner of the restaurant. All the other patrons in the room were English-speaking.

The service was friendly, efficient and helpful. Since this was only our second evening in Paris this visit, my French was a bit awkward - well, OK it was VERY awkward - but the waiter was very understanding.

We started with Kir as an apéritif, followed by une assiette de saucisson. Our plats were magret de canard (2), cassoulet, cotes de saumon. One of us had crousti fondant for dessert. Our liquids included a litre of mineral water, 2 expressos and 2 bottles of wine - Cassis Val Bruyere and Les Garriques. The total was 181€70.

There was scaffolding at the front of the restaurant when we were there in October. Since then I have learned that it is closed for renovations - to re-open sometime in April 2007. I have given this restaurant a positive recommendation, but I would check the "renovated" menu before booking again.

Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #2042

When: 2006

Bustling, lively restaurant with good traditional food and crisp service.

Directions: Between Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. Metro La Tour Mauburg or bus 69.

One of the places owned by chef Christian Constant on the street. The food is generally from the southwest of France, very hearty bistro-style offerings. It's crowded and bustling, informal, very popular. They take reservations, and if you show up without one, you can get a glass of wine to sip as you lounge against the fountain.

Lots of different sausages, duck, cassoulet, beef, and some fish on the menu. We had a very nice little salad of avacado, crab and green beans; the magret de canard; the andouillette; a bottle of the house wine; and the Il Flottante for dessert. All well prepared and very tasty. The bill was 78 euros.

Open every day, even during August. Nice place for an informal dinner and then a stroll over to see the lights on the Tower or catch the last Bateau-Mouches.

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