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04 ARR: Le Coude Fou

12 Rue du Bourg Tibourg , Phone: 01 42 77 15 16

Reviewed by: Doru from Canada, review #3965

When: 2012

The food was good but the service...

Since we were near Hôtel de Ville, I figured it was a good occasion to try for lunch a new place, which was warmly recommended by a good friend, who is at least once or twice each year in Paris. The place is at 12 rue du Bourg-Tibourg, “the street of the Tea House Mariage Frères”, an absolutely must stop for us anyway.

The name of the bistrot sounds quite original: “Le Coude Fou”. It translates to “Crazy Elbow”! Generally, I try to talk up people who live or work in places with unusual names and to find out how these names came to be. Not here. We were met and lead to our table by a very tense waitress, who later would not understand why we were trying to fix ourselves the legs of our fitful, rickety table when she wanted to do it herself, but just “as soon as she was able to”… The question on my mind: why was the table… unstable to begin with? Why it was not fixed when we drew her attention that the water has spilled all over the table?

Then, there is the matter of the beer. We were accompanied by a friend, who ordered a Leffe draft, from the bistrot’s beverages list. He was told that the restaurant ran out of Leffe. No Leffe? Leffe is a beer as omnipresent in Parisian brasseries, bars and bistrots as the proverbial baguettes are in boulangeries, and it is only 1:30 p.m. On a Friday afternoon, they run out of one of the only two beers they have listed? With the evening crowds yet to descend on the popular area of Roi-du-Sicile? How will they do for dinner?

Anyway, we order. The food offers a level of redemption to the unsatisfactory service: Josette has actually an excellent skewer of monkfish and chorizo, an interesting combination, and fries as the side dish; A. and I order the same full formula at €16.50: slices of apple and smoked duck in a green salad; beef tenderloin with bordelaise sauce; and pane cotta. In order: good, so-and-so, excellent. I had a glass of wine; A. had “the other beer”. No coffees; we save the coffees for later. The total bill is €63. Not bad, but we have to wait for the bill while our waitress and a co-worker have their own lunch in the next room…

To the credit of the food, I will be neutral in the assessment of this restaurant, where attention to clients and service do not seem to be a priority...

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